The past 12 months have been busy for Tesla, and all hasn’t been good.
2021 saw the launch of the Tesla Model S and Model X Plaid, a new Full Self Driving Autopilot subscription, record profits and more.
The year also saw price hikes, supply chain issues, delays, a lot of negative publicity, and more, with CEO Elon Musk being his usual controversial figure. Yet, with the end of 2021, it’s time to stop looking back and start looking to the future. So here’s what you can probably expect from Tesla in 2022.
The launch of the Cybertruck
With the Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV already on the road, the era of the electric truck has finally arrived. Tesla was due to join them before the end of 2021, but the company’s penchant for delays means the Cybertruck won’t arrive until the end of 2022.
But the Cybertruck is no ordinary electric truck with a big battery and powerful motors. It does, but it also has an angled steel exoskeleton instead of your usual car frame. The Cybertruck is not indestructible, but it does mean it is much stronger than your normal car. When it comes to gadgets, the ability to resist 9mm bullets and masses is a pretty good one.
Whether the Cybertruck succeeds or not is another matter, and even Elon Musk has admitted his crazy design might deter people. Yet with the cancellation of the Tesla Model S Plaid Plus and further delays for the second generation Tesla Roadster, the Cybertruck appears to be Tesla’s only major launch in 2022.
A new era of electric transport?
Hit the roads and you’ll likely see a lot of electric cars. More than you’re used to anyway, and a good percentage of those EVs will be made by Tesla. But all those semi-trucks carrying goods across the country are still running on fossil fuels. 2022 appears to be the year Tesla will help change that.
The Tesla Semi was first announced in 2017, but so far it hasn’t really hit the roads in any meaningful way. While Elon Musk says production on the Semi could now slide through 2023, PespiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta is a bit more optimistic claiming that the company will receive its first Tesla Semi delivery before the end of 2021. The company has also obtained authorisation to install the high-powered Tesla Megacharger at one of its facilities in Modesto, California.
It will be some time before electric semi-trailers really take off, and Tesla isn’t the only company intending to make it happen. However, the fact that the Tesla Semi is only a hair’s breadth away suggests you might start seeing them on the road next year. Especially if you live within 400 miles of Modesto.
New upgrades and more features
While the Cybertruck is the only Tesla car currently slated for launch in the next 12 months, we can be sure that the automaker’s existing portfolio will benefit from significant upgrades throughout 2022; some of these upgrades, to Model 3 and Model Y have already leaked.
The point is, Tesla can’t afford to stand still. The company has a reputation for pushing boundaries and changing cars to deliver a unique Tesla experience, for better or for worse; whether it’s adding video games to the infotainment system or the infamous forklift. Increased competition means it’s more important than ever for Tesla to continue to dig deep into innovations.
Chip shortage or not, Tesla can reasonably be expected to make some serious changes. This includes smaller performance tweaks, improvements to cars running the Full Self Driving Autopilot beta, and larger upgrades for upcoming cars. It’s hard to say what they will be, especially on top of the line Model S and Model X cars, but note they will come.
No more delays and no more price increases
As unfortunate as it may sound, Tesla’s prices are slowly rising in 2021. And we shouldn’t expect it to end in 2022. The tech industry is currently in a precarious position, thanks to the global chip shortage. and other factors influenced by COVID. delays in the supply chain. Tesla has proven that it is not immune to these issues, and that’s a big part of why its prices have skyrocketed.
But the COVID-19 virus has proven it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, and chip shortages are expected to last until 2023. So the problems Tesla has already faced are likely to continue, if not worsen.
It is not known how this problem will manifest itself, and it will all be up to Tesla. But we can reasonably expect the automaker to continue raising prices to counter supply chain issues, with further delays of its next cars certainly not on the table. After all, Tesla is infamous for its delays even before the pandemic.
Let’s just hope that the automaker doesn’t continue to deliver cars without certain components, like USB ports and wireless chargers, before warning people first.
Ten years ago, Tesla was the only automaker to take electric cars seriously. These days, just about all car manufacturers sell or plan to sell electric cars. Many of these cars are due in 2022, with luxury features that make Tesla good value for money. Whether it’s improvements in driver range, faster charging capabilities, or range that is close to making Model S good value for money.
Some of these cars are also proving to be incredibly popular, like the Ford F-150 Lightning. Ford had so many reservations for its electric truck that it had to stop taking them. 2022 will mark the year that Tesla is going to have to step up and start taking the rest of the electric car industry seriously.
As popular and attractive as Tesla cars are, they aren’t perfect. Tesla still has issues with build quality, prices keep going up, and its reputation is hampered by high-profile incidents involving autopilot. Not to mention the controversial design choices that appear to come from CEO Elon Musk, like the S and X models. yoke direction.
Brand reputation and recognition can be very helpful when there is little or no competition. But this is no longer the case for EVs. So Tesla needs to make sure they don’t ignore the problem until it’s too late.
Even more car listings
As far as we know, Tesla has only one car slated for release in 2022. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t have much more to announce throughout the year, especially more than competition from other automakers intensifies.
Earlier this year, we learned that Tesla was developing a smaller hatchback and was aiming for a price tag of $ 25,000. While this electric vehicle isn’t expected to arrive until 2023 at the earliest, it does mean Tesla may have more surprise announcements in the works for 2022.
Maybe we could see more powerful versions of the Model 3 and Model Y in the near future. The Model S and Model X both have “Plaid” powertrains, and it’s not unreasonable to suggest that something similar could happen to Tesla’s cheaper cars. But maybe not quite at the same level, considering the price of the Plaid variants.
It would be nice to see the Model Y return to standard lineup, having been unceremoniously scrapped for less than 250 miles of range. A price drop for the crossover SUV from the $ 58,990 it currently is would also be appreciated. Or it could be something completely different.
But with the growth of the electric car industry, especially in the United States, we would be shocked if Tesla went another 12 months without announcing anything new – delays or not.
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