Elon Musk Reveals: Tesla Will Build An Electric Van
Tesla hasn't introduced a new car in a long time, and fans are deeply worried for Musk, believing that this will quickly catch up with other automakers.
When releasing his product plan earlier this year, Elon Musk also said that the focus in 2022 would be on increasing production of the Model 3 and Model Y in existing factories, and that Tesla did not plan to launch new cars or put into production products that had been previously announced but not yet available, such as the Cybertruck.
Elon Musk, however, promised a slew of new Tesla products for 2023, one of which "is expected to be a new futuristic electric car as the exclusive unmanned cab robotaxi."
Today, Elon Musk sent out a tweet that gives us a glimpse of Tesla's new car, saying: Should Tesla build a highly configurable Robovan for transporting people and cargo?
It's unclear if the Robovan (self-driving van) mentioned here is the same thing as the previously mentioned Robotaxi, but the matter of building an electric van to transport cargo and passengers has been discussed many times.
There are rumors that Tesla is developing the vehicle for use in tunnel company The Boring Company's Loop system, which uses Tesla vehicles to transport passengers in tunnels beneath the city, which is currently open in Las Vegas.
Musk also said last year that the Tesla electric van would be available once enough batteries were available and would not negatively impact other vehicle plans. Tesla is currently betting heavily on the new 4680 battery, with the Texas plant working to increase capacity for that battery and the Berlin plant preparing to start production.