From Cybertruck to Semi, Roadster and the new Gigafactory. If Tesla’s ambitious predictions come true, Elona Muska and the team will have a great year ahead of them.
Tesla is known for many top achievements, among which there is no way to meet the set deadlines. Nonetheless, CEO Elon Musk is planning big things for 2021. If we add to this the abnormal growth of the company’s value in 2020, Tesla has enough resources to implement the ambitious plans. Let’s take a look at why 2021 could be so successful for an electric vehicle manufacturer.
But before we tackle the forecast for 2021, let’s just remember that many of the predictions below were actually promised as early as 2020 – if not a year or so earlier. It is likely that this year, too, Tesla will postpone certain projects to the future. For now, if everything goes according to plan, we can expect the following from Tesla in 2021 …
This is without a doubt the most eagerly awaited thing on the list. Musk introduced the vehicle at the end of 2019, and production is expected to finally start this year. The first is the most powerful three-engine model, followed in late 2021 by Cybertruck with two engines, and in 2022 comes the most affordable single-engine model.
Tesla has not yet officially confirmed any delay in the production of Cybertruck, but, as already mentioned, meeting deadlines is not exactly Musk’s strongest virtue. We all want Cybertruck to hit the roads this year, and at the same time we won’t be surprised if the electric semi-truck doesn’t see the light of day this year – in significant quantities.
Commissioning the new Gigafactory plant in Austin, Texas is consistent with the production plan of the above-mentioned Cybertruck. The factory is currently under construction, but it will be the new home of an alien electric semi-truck. According to the latest information, the factory is expected to start operating in early May this year.
The new Gigafactory factory will be special for several reasons. This will be Tesla’s first factory built from scratch, namely the California factory was previously owned by GM / Toyota. Another important contribution of the new plant will also be the expansion of production possibilities for the Model Y, which will be aimed primarily at the western US market. The third important feature of the factory will also be that Tesla Semi models will be created in it. So if Tesla wants to continue to grow in 2021, the new Gigafactory will be an important part of the story.
For some time now, this has been one of those projects that Tesla cannot put into operation. Production of the Semi model should have started two years ago, after the manufacturer shocked the public with the presentation of the vehicle. Many corporations immediately grabbed the idea of an electric truck to transport their products, but other than a few small tests and very rare live meetings, we didn’t get anything new about the Semi truck.
Where the problem that stops production lies is not entirely clear. In fact, a new manufacturing facility in Texas could allow Musk’s team to embark on this project this year as well. Walmart and the other merchants are already waiting impatiently.
Of the three validated vehicles in Tesla’s portfolio, the Roadster seems to have the least realistic chance of actually starting production. Elon Musk has repeatedly said that production of the electric sports car will finally start when the plant in Texas is built, but we are still not quite sure that this will actually happen. In addition, he said that the production of Cybertruck and Semi is a higher priority. So the Roadster will almost certainly not hit the roads in 2021, but if by chance there is a change, we can certainly expect production to take place in California and not Texas.
German factory Gigafactory
Not only is Tesla building a new factory in Texas, another Gigafactory is just a shot from Berlin, Germany. When the German Gigafactory is built, Tesla’s production will take place in North America, Asia and Europe. Not only will the European plant help supply vehicles locally, the plant could be a key basis for the next big forecast we have on our list.
Possibility of a cheap model for 25,000 US dollars
This is the last new car on the list and although this one is very unlikely, it is still possible. Late last year, Musk began hinting at the idea of a Tesla model for $ 25,000. This isn’t the first time Musk has mentioned a cheap vehicle, but we now finally have a little more material to believe that the new model will actually come to life – maybe even this year.
As we have repeatedly pointed out, Tesla is not exactly the best at achieving time schedules, but on the other hand, it is excellent at predicting new models of the year before they actually hit the roads. If Tesla is actually planning such a vehicle, 2021 could be the right year to introduce it, two or three years before production begins.
While it is now fairly easy to get Tesla in all major US cities, Tesla is still not present in all of the world’s largest markets. Among them is India. According to reliable sources, a change is expected in 2021 here as well. As it turns out, Tesla will also be visiting India with its most affordable Model 3.
More service centers
Given that Tesla does not have a traditional franchise like other car manufacturers, it is not surprising that Tesla’s parts and services have failed to keep up with sales ambitions. In 2021, Tesla is expected to take a serious approach to solving this problem and open a new service center every week, all year round. In 2019, Tesla’s sales grew by 50%, while the prevalence of service services grew by only 12%. In 2021, we can expect the situation to improve, which in turn would mean a reduction in queues, more locations and, of course, more satisfied customers.
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