Back in 2018, then again in 2020, Elon Musk promised that Tesla would bring a $25,000 electric car to market within three years. The pandemic may have messed with our collective perception of time, but I’ve done the math, and it’s been five years since that initial promise and we still don’t have that $25,000 Tesla. Never fear, though! Musk’s biographer, Walter Isaacson, has provided Axios with a tasty scoop: That cheap EV is coming, and it’s going to be built alongside a robotaxi. There is no reason to doubt that this is the case.
See, what happened in those five years was a little complex. At some point, Axios reports, Musk gave up on the idea of a cheap EV in order to chase a different dream: robotaxis. There are a lot of regulatory hurdles regarding autonomous vehicles tasked with shuttling people around a city, but Musk considered taking it a step further by building these taxis to be “truly” autonomous: As in, they’d have no steering wheel, pedals, or mirrors.
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