A $ 25,000 Steering Wheelless Tesla by 2023: Elon Musk Leaves the Door Open for the Rumored ‘Model 2’ to Be Fully Self-Driving
During last Battery Day, Elon Musk himself confirmed that they are preparing a model with a price of $ 25,000. A reduced cost that predictably ends up being higher in Spain, but which reflects well the company’s intention to bet on a more affordable vehicle and try to reach new drivers. Or maybe we should say passengers.
According to Electrek, Elon Musk has informed Tesla employees of the intention to launch this new vehicle in 2023, with the addition of anticipating and leaving the door open that it is not equipped with a steering wheel.
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“Tesla will build an attractive $ 25,000 electric vehicle that will also be completely autonomous“Elon Musk explained in his internal statement. A significantly cheaper price than the $ 35,000 for the Model 3.
This rumored Model 2, whose name is not confirmed, would be a compact SUV that would take advantage of the new production of batteries and cells from Tesla, a new manufacturing process that would reduce the cost of the battery by 50%. A model that is expected to be manufactured in the Shanghai Gigafactory and exported by the rest of the markets.
But undoubtedly the most striking thing and that would mean an important change within the company is the intention of not adding a steering wheel. According to Electrek, Musk would have asked employees if they are ready to have a Tesla without a steering wheel or pedals. And it is not the first time that Musk shows this intention.
In 2019, Musk himself promised that in 2020 he would start his shared autonomous taxi service and by 2022 we would have a new version of the Autopilot platform with a fully autonomous Tesla where the driver could “take his eyes off the road and even sleep.” Showing a image of what the interior of this vehicle would be like. An interior with the classic central screen but without the presence of the steering wheel. You can see the image on the cover of this article.
It is not the first time that Tesla does not meet the schedule promised by Musk, but it does reflect that the company is working to materialize this project. According to Tim Higgins, a WSJ reporter, Musk wanted to remove the steering wheel already on the Model Y. However, the race for the autonomous car is proving more complex than Musk himself would have liked. Something that he himself has recognized.