Elon Musk Talking of Tesla Cybertruck Challenges: ‘We Dug Our Own Grave’

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Elon Musk recently addressed the challenges the company faces with its highly anticipated Cybertruck. During Tesla’s Q3 earnings call, Musk candidly acknowledged that the Cybertruck’s unique design had presented formidable hurdles in terms of scaling up production. The ambitious goal is to manufacture a quarter of a million electric pickup trucks annually by 2025, but this undertaking has proven to be no easy feat.

Musk used the phrase “we dug our own grave” to describe the situation, emphasizing that the Cybertruck is a product that comes along only once in a while. Its groundbreaking design and advanced technology make it a truly special creation, but they also make it exceptionally challenging to bring to the market in high volume and profitability.

To temper expectations, Musk expressed caution regarding the Cybertruck’s imminent launch, which was announced for November 30. He made it clear that the production challenges mean that it might take roughly 18 months for the Cybertruck to become cash flow positive. This delay is not unusual when introducing a product with a significant amount of new technology or a brand-new vehicle program, especially one as groundbreaking as the Cybertruck.

The Cybertruck’s launch is pivotal for Tesla, a company that has been a dominant force in the electric vehicle market but is facing increased competition from the likes of Ford and Rivian. The Cybertruck is seen as a crucial tool for Tesla to fend off this growing competition. Originally unveiled in 2019, the futuristic pickup was expected to ship in 2021, but it encountered multiple delays due to the unique design and the complexities of mass production.

Elon Musk’s exacting standards were made apparent when he sent an email to Tesla employees in August, insisting that the Cybertruck should be as precisely designed as a Lego brick, with measurements not varying by more than 10 microns (equivalent to one-thousandth of a millimeter). While earlier versions of the pickup in the wild were criticized for scratching and finish issues, they still managed to generate overwhelming demand. Musk revealed that over one million people have reserved the Cybertruck, highlighting the incredible interest in this groundbreaking vehicle despite its production challenges.

Source: Business Insider


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