Sandy Munro: How Tesla Will get To The $24,000 Automobile


It’s time for an additional spherical of Sandy Munro Q&A movies. Yesterday, I shared three from TeslaCon Florida wherein Sandy talked about how he went from being a giant Tesla critic to a Tesla superbull, how quickly Tesla innovates (“engineering on the pace of thought” is how he put it), and what he would select so far as self-driving {hardware}. Right this moment, I’ll stroll via a number of extra matters from that lengthy Q&A session. (Notice that I didn’t deliberately intend to movie this, however once I found it was going to be an prolonged Q&A moderately than a slideshow presentation, I jumped on the chance. Sadly, that’s one purpose why the audio high quality just isn’t best in these movies — although, I do suppose it’s higher in case you use Airpods or one thing like that.)

Within the first video beneath, Nick Howe, President of Florida Tesla Lovers and lead organizer of TeslaCon Florida, introduced up one thing Elon Musk stated on Tesla’s final quarterly convention name for shareholders — that Tesla was engaged on a platform that may be basically half the price of the Tesla Mannequin 3 platform. Nick requested Sandy if he noticed something that may cease Tesla from reaching that price discount purpose. Sandy’s first, preliminary, definitive response was: “No.” He then elaborated after a little bit of laughter. That included notes on Tesla molds, the casting course of, and even some unique tidbits.

Ryan McCaffrey, host of Trip the Lightning: The Tesla Unofficial Podcast, requested concerning the Cybertruck from a price perspective and what that may permit Tesla to do within the pickup truck market. Sandy doesn’t see the Cybertruck as really becoming into the pickup truck market — he sees the Ford F-150 Lightning extra because the truck for that market. Relating to the Cybertruck, “To me, that truck will kick the daylights out of a market we don’t even have proper now. And that’s a truth. It’s acquired its personal distinctive market, and any automobile that may come out and have its personal distinctive market will mainly dominate it perpetually — until they do one thing silly. I believe Tesla goes to make a ****load of cash on the Cybertruck.”

He then additionally informed the story of getting a solid body sitting on his ground for 15 years and attempting to speak different OEMs into utilizing them. He ran via a few of the excuses he heard from these OEM executives. Nobody ever took him up on the suggestion. “15 years and no person picked up on it, after which Tesla, I criticized them — I stated ‘you’ve acquired 120 components, it must be one’ — and the following factor you understand, they made the change. How they do issues and the way everybody else does them — there’s no comparability.” Watch the video for extra.

On to a second video. It is a shorter one which focuses on the Cybertruck’s physique being chrome steel. Ryan McCaffrey used to personal a DeLorean, and one nice spotlight of that car was its chrome steel physique. A long time later, the Cybertruck eventually is a car that follows in its footsteps. Ryan says, “It appears to me like no person’s accomplished a chrome steel automobile as a result of it prices an excessive amount of — material-wise — and it lasts too lengthy. Would you agree with that, and that’s why we’re solely now seeing Tesla do it with this robust, rugged Cybertruck?” Sandy provides a short reply, together with a word that he really labored on the DeLorean a bit, however not the chrome steel portion of it. He doesn’t actually reply Ryan’s query, however he expounds on the Cybertruck chrome steel exoskeleton and what he thinks of that.

Now we have a pair extra items on this Sandy Munro collection coming. Keep tuned!


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