Tesla celebrates the opening of its massive new Texas factory with Cyber ​​Rodeo

Tesla’s new plant will initially produce a Model Y SUV, and next year, the Cybertruck, which has been delayed since it was first revealed in 2019. The Texas plant, Tesla’s fourth assembly plant globally, has been revealed just weeks after a celebration The company is opening its factory near Berlin, Germany. The new plant will help Tesla increase its production to try to meet the expectations of increased sales that come with being the world Most Valuable Auto Industry.
Tesla picked Austin over Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2020 as it picked a site for its second plant in the US, after a heated interstate battle to win the company’s business. The company also said it would relocation based to Austin after clashing with California officials.

The name of the event, “Cyber ​​Rodeo,” has fueled speculation that there may be an update about Cybertruck.

Tesla originally said that the Cybertruck will start at $39,900 and be in production in late 2021. The three-motor all-wheel drive version was said to cost less than $69,900. But Tesla removed car prices, trim and specifications from its website last year, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said earlier this year that the automaker would not deliver the Cybertruck in 2022.

A new version of Cybertruck appeared on stage during Musk’s speech. Side mirrors and more headlights have been added, but the door handles are no longer there.

“Who needs handles,” Musk said. “The car can tell you’re there and just know it needs to open.”

Musk also said that there will be a dedicated Tesla robotaxe in the future that will look “completely futuristic,” but did not reveal additional details. But with little new product news announced, previously announced vehicles such as the Tesla Semi, Cybertruck and Roadster are already facing off. Delaying, Musk focused on the company’s need for the plant itself.

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“We need a place where we can be really old and there’s no place like Texas,” said Musk, wearing a black hat and sunglasses. “We’re going to go to a really massive scale. A scale that no company has ever achieved in human history.”

Tesla said, according to public records, the Austin event could hold up to 15,000 people. One local school district Allow students to exit early on Thursday to calculate expected traffic.

The event began with a light show of drones, including representations of Tesla cars.

Tesla fans described their road trip to the event from as far away as California and Rhode Island.

Sofian Fraval, a Tesla enthusiast based in San Luis Obispo, California, left his home two days earlier at 4:20 p.m. — a common number in Tesla culture — to begin the 30-hour trip to Austin.

“I always want to see what’s newer and better,” Fraval said in an interview with CNN Business. “It’s a mystery, we don’t know all the details of the event. But we want to be there to hear it first from the source.”

Musk had already had a busy week, after he announced that 9.1% bought from Twitter and joined its board of directors.

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