Tesla’s Cybertruck Begins Production After Significant Delays: A Look into Elon Musk’s Unfulfilled Promises

Tesla’s Cybertruck Enters Production Two Years Behind Schedule

After a long wait, Tesla’s Cybertruck is finally entering production, albeit two years behind its originally planned date. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, known for his ambitious promises, has a track record of delays and unfulfilled projects, including fully autonomous Teslas and the “everything” social media app X. The electric truck, which was released as a prototype four years ago, has faced numerous setbacks. Nonetheless, Tesla has started production on the Cybertruck at its Giga factory in Texas.

One of the projects that Musk has yet to deliver on is fully self-driving Teslas. In 2016, he claimed that within two years, Tesla users would be able to use the car’s “summon” feature to have their vehicles drive autonomously to them. However, this feature is still in beta mode in 2023. While Tesla’s cars currently have an “autopilot” feature, drivers still need to be fully attentive and ready to take over at any moment. Self-driving capability for cross-country travel while passengers sleep remains a distant promise.

Another project that has yet to materialize is Musk’s vision of one million robotaxis on the road. At Tesla Autonomy Investor Day in 2019, Musk confidently predicted the presence of autonomous “robotaxis” by 2020. However, there is not yet a single robotaxi in use. Musk’s plans for ride-sharing or “taxi” Teslas, where autonomous vehicles can be rented out, have failed to materialize as well.

Musk’s hyperloop vision, a high-speed transportation system, has also faced setbacks. Initially proposed in 2013, Musk had plans for a hyperloop connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. He even claimed to have verbal government approval for the project. However, plans for the hyperloop have been removed from The Boring Company’s website, and a hyperloop project in Southern California has been replaced by parking spots.

Musk’s “everything” social media app, X, remains uncertain. While Musk has expressed his desire to create the app following his purchase of Twitter, there is no concrete information on its development or features. Musk aims to emphasize free speech and combat fake users, but the production plans for the app remain unclear.

Another unfulfilled promise is SpaceX’s program to convert CO2 from the atmosphere into usable rocket fuel. Although Musk tweeted about starting the program in 2021, there have been no updates since. While the technology is possible and being developed by researchers, Musk’s program has not made any progress.

Lastly, Musk’s goal of installing 1,000 solar roofs per week has fallen short. After Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity in 2016, Musk pledged to accelerate the installation process. However, Tesla’s installation numbers have significantly lagged behind Musk’s target, with only an average of 21 solar system installations per week in the most productive year of 2022.

In conclusion, Tesla’s Cybertruck entering production is a significant milestone, but it highlights Musk’s track record of postponed and unfulfilled projects. As Tesla continues to strive for technological advancements, the timeline for these ambitious goals remains uncertain.