What can we expect from Tesla in 2021?

Above: Cybertruck, ATV, Roadster, and Tesla Semi (Twitter: Elon Musk)


Okay, this is probably the most revolutionary (albeit controversial) vehicle coming through the Tesla pipeline in 2021. And there’ll be plenty of EV truck competition. That said, “ We love this beast enough to have placed a pre-order.” Can’t wait. But, we’ll have to… hopefully 2021 will be The Year of the Truck for Tesla. Oh, and don’t forget — this year marks the arrival of Cybertruck’s ultimate companion, the Tesla ATV.

Tesla Semi

Speaking of trucks, there hasn’t been much news from Tesla on the Semi since it was first unveiled back in 2017. Musk has stated his desire to bring the Semi into volume production, and earnings reports state that 2021 is the new timeframe for that to happen.

Tesla Roadster

Since Jay Leno got a well-publicized test drive, Tesla has also been somewhat secretive about its all-new Roadster. Heck, we didn’t even get to see those thrusters yet.

Plaid Model S

Rewind to 2019 — we witnessed a battle between the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan around the Nurburgring. In 2020, we did get some news regarding the ultra high-performance Plaid Model S during battery day. The specs speak for themselves: $139,990 base price, 520+ mile range, 200 mph top speed, and under 2.0 second 0–60 mph time.

Giga Shanghai

In 2020, the Model 3 ramp at the factory has been impressive. Tesla states that the plant can now produce ~250,000 Model 3s moving forward. The Model Y portion of the factory is said to be able to produce ~250,000 Model Ys as well, bringing the total capacity of the Gigafactory 3 to (at least) half a million cars. Reports have also surfaced recently claiming Tesla should produce around 523,000 cars in 2021 at Giga Shanghai.

Giga Berlin

With a proper foothold in China to address the Asian market, Tesla should be turning their attention to bringing vehicle production to the European continent. Giga Berlin is said to begin production later this year. The factory will be producing both the Model Y and Model 3 with a start date of sometime in mid to late 2021 as long as construction doesn’t see any major roadblocks.

Giga Austin

Despite continuing work on both Giga Shanghai and Giga Berlin, Tesla’s new American Gigafactory resides in Austin, Texas. It should be up-and-running in 2021 in order to launch the company’s much-anticipated Cybertruck. Alongside the Cybertruck, Giga Austin will also produce the Model Y, because it seems like Americans can’t get enough of the Model Y. Giga Austin should evolve into an exciting story in 2021.

Better Batteries

A better battery may be arriving in 2021. Tesla unveiled plans to vertically integrate battery production with their new 4680 battery cell. This new battery will allow Tesla to deliver more range and improved power for upcoming models. Not only that, but the design allows for a price reduction as well. While we have confirmation that these cells will be in the European Model Y, you can expect the 4680 cells to (ultimately) be available in the Semi, Roadster, and Cybertruck too.

And More…

What about a completely redesigned version of the Model S and Model X. Will there be more updates to Tesla’s solar business and solar roof options? Will more utilities take advantage of Tesla’s energy storage and Autobidder capabilities? What about improvements to Autopilot? And what can we expect from future software updates?


Above: Rob Maurer and Sean Mitchell look ahead at what investors should be thinking about as it relates to Tesla in 2021 (YouTube: Sean Mitchell)



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