It took 12 years to produce the first one million, and the last one was produced in half a year.
Elon Musk a divisive figure, Tesla played an indisputable key role in the spread of electric cars, and in the first half of 2023, the Model Y became the first EV in vehicle history to claim the title of the world’s most popular model, dethroning the Toyota Corolla. It took Tesla roughly 12 years to build the first one million electric cars, which happened in the first half of 2020, and the second one a year and a half later. More than a year ago, in August 2022, it became the third, and just over half a year ago, in March, the fourth, proving that the manufacturer still has the momentum.
In a few days, it took more than half a year to complete another million Teslas, even though the production lines are currently being renovated in several gigafactories, such as the Model 3 Highland update and minor changes to the Model Y. On the threshold of Cybertruck also has a pick-up start, and stainless steel with a low polygon count is only for this for your sake two million reservations were received.
The US launch of Cybertruck is just around the corner (source: Jeff Roberts) [+]
Of course, this is not the same as two million sales, but with a $100 advance, two million VIN numbers really came together, and if only half of this is sold, that alone could bring $75 billion to the Austin manufacturer’s kitchen. Tesla’s battery business is also spinning: it has arrived for homes, compatible with renewable energy sources (see: solar panel) Powerwall 3 battery with built-in inverter, a Tesla Semi and a tractor-trailer set an official record when it traveled 1,600 miles (2,600 km) in a two-day tour.
Finally, version 12 of Tesla’s FSD self-driving software code is coming, leaving the beta flag behind, and this pure neural network-based code could bring the breakthrough to full self-driving. There is no. Walter Isaacson in any case, the recent biography of Elon Musk reveals that Tesla’s $25,000 mass car intended for consumers and its robotaxi model without a steering wheel are built on the same platform, which a one-time customer may not even be able to buy. The shape is said to be inspired by the Cybertruck, and instead of the gigafactory in Mexico, it will be made in Texas, sometime from 2025-26. Whether it will be ready by then Drive GPT, i.e. an artificial intelligence that moves confidently in the real world (see Terminator), of course no one can say, especially not Elon Musk. But he always tries.
The Teslabots are walking around the factory with their fives, but they are not reportedly preparing to take over (source: Tesla) [+]