Reports claim Elon Musk is working on a $25,000 Tesla with no steering wheel and pedals
ByShehryar Makhdoom | Published date:
Instead, the car will be completely automatic. After his latest trademark scandal, Tesla CEO and meme-copying entrepreneur Elon Musk are said to be aiming to launch a no-steering-wheel, no-pedal, fully-autonomous cheap Tesla.
According to unnamed sources speaking to Electrek, Musk claimed he informed his staff at an athletic conference conducted on Wednesday to launch a $25,000 self-driving car into mass development by 2023. "Do we want this automobile to come with a steering wheel and pedals?" he said, implying that the new vehicle would not have a steering wheel.
Tesla on a Budget
During Tesla's Rechargeable batteries Day ceremony in 2020, Musk said that a $25,000 Tesla might be released. He asserted that a more powerful car battery would lead to a cheaper price point.
In late September, rumours began circulating that Tesla China had created a prototype of the affordable vehicle. Furthermore, it said that test manufacturing was scheduled to commence before the end of the year.
Low-cost and self-contained
According to an news in late May, the idea has been met with strong criticism from Tesla's engineers.
Tesla is under pressure to provide fully autonomous driving, but Elon Musk has been known to be overconfident in Tesla's abilities in the past. However, after seeing a slew of bad headlines arising from self-driving Tesla vehicles falling into terrible accidents, he just confessed that constructing autonomous cars is more challenging than he had imagined.
Thus, it would be wise to accept the news of Musk's desire to deliver a new, cheap, and ultimately self automobile with a generous helping of skepticism.