As everyone at Tesla’s Cyber Rodeo settles in to listen to Elon Musk’s speech at Giga Texas, anticipation mounts in the air. The Tesla community is eager and excited to hear about the updates and details that Elon Musk will announce to the world at the Giga Texas Cyber Rodeo.
Welcoming Elon Musk on stage, drones featuring an image of Nikola Tesla, the inventor whose company is named after. The drones also represented the Cyber Rodeo sign. Later, the drone show formed the image of a moving vehicle, which turned out to be Model Y. Then the drones formed the outline of the Cybertruck in the sky, an image that few people in the world Cyber Rodeo will forget.
And, of course, in true Elon fashion, Tesla didn’t forget to highlight the community’s love for The Doge with drones. The Tesla hedgehog also made an appearance during the spectacular drone show.
After the drone show, Tesla showed a short clip of a “herd” of Tesla Model Ys traversing the grounds of Giga Texas alongside a horse and rider.
The video was cut short with the arrival of Elon Musk, arriving in style in an original Tesla Roadster – the car that started it all.
Here are Elon Musk’s comments from his Giga Texas Cyber Rodeo address.
“We’re going to talk about the past, present and future,” Elon Musk told the crowd, introducing the first car Tesla ever made: the Roadster.
“When we first launched Tesla, I thought we had – optimistically – a 10% chance of success,” he said. He thanked the Tesla team for their hard work and contributed to the company’s current success.
Musk lists all the products offered by Tesla, including its solar products. He announced that two-thirds of American electric vehicles are Tesla cars.
Musk highlighted the achievements of the Tesla AI team. He announced that Tesla is aiming for large-scale release of the FSD beta in North America this year.
“California was running out of space,” Musk said. “And we needed a place to grow. And there’s no place like Texas,” he said, thanking the state and especially Travis County.
Musk revealed that Tesla Giga Texas is taller than the Burj Khalifa if the factory was turned on its side. In classic Elon Musk, the CEO said a total of 194 billion hamsters could be housed in Giga Texas.
“And this building is the most advanced automobile factory the Earth has ever seen,” proclaimed Elon Musk, referring to the idea that Tesla’s factories are once again products unto themselves.
Musk noted that Tesla was building its own cells in Giga Texas, the long-awaited 4680 cells. He proudly declared that the Austin factory could be one of the largest cell factories in the world.
“Raw materials go in, a bunch of stuff goes in and out,” Musk said, describing the simplified version of Tesla’s core operations. He added that Tesla plans to produce the Cybertruck in Austin next year.
“I can’t wait to have this baby with me. [Cybertruck] going to be epic,” Musk commented of the electric pickup truck.
Musk also said Giga Texas would be the most “high-volume” factory in America. He said Tesla will aim to control 20% of the auto market in the long term.
“We’re going to move on a really massive scale,” Elon Musk teased. He also alluded to the company’s Robotaxi fleet, describing it as futuristic and very different from Tesla’s other offerings. Musk also talked about Optimus.
Tesla plans to produce the V1 Optimus, Cybertruck, next-generation Roadster and Semi next year.
Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, then showed up with the Cybertruck. Elon Musk pointed out that there were no handles on the Cybertruck. He apologized for the delay in production of the vehicle, although the CEO and head of design assured the public that the Cybertruck was well worth the wait.
And with that, Elon Musk kicked off the Cyber Rodeo Party! Several minutes of fireworks followed.
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