The event’s name, “Cyber Rodeo,” had spurred speculation that there could be an update about the Cybertruck.
Tesla originally said that the Cybertruck would start at $39,900 and be produced in late 2021. A triple motor all-wheel drive version was said to cost as little as $69,900. But Tesla removed pricing, trims and specifications of the vehicle from its website last year, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said earlier this year that the automaker would not deliver the Cybertruck in 2022.
A new version of the Cybertruck appeared on stage during Musk’s speech. Side mirrors and more headlights had been added, but its door handles were no longer there.
“Who needs handles. The car can tell that you’re there and it just knows that it needs to open,” Musk said.
Musk also said that there would be a dedicated Tesla robotaxi in the future that would looked “quite futuristic,” but didn’t reveal additional details. But with little new product news to announce, and previously announced vehicles like the Tesla Semi, Cybertruck, and Roadster already facing delays, Musk focused on the company’s need for the factory itself.
“We need a place where we can be really big and there’s no place like Texas,” Musk said on stage, wearing a black cowboy hat and sunglasses. “We’re going to move to truly massive scale. Scale that no company has ever achieved in the history of humanity.”
The event kicked off with a drone light show, including representations of Tesla vehicles.
Sofiaan Fraval, a Tesla enthusiast based in San Luis Obispo, California, left his home two days ago at 4:20 pm — a popular number in Tesla culture — to begin a 30-hour trip to Austin.
“I always want to see what the latest and greatest is,” Fraval said in an interview with CNN Business. “It’s a mystery, we don’t know all of the details of the event. But we want to be there to hear it first from the source.”