Tesla’s $25,000 ‘next-generation car’ will have a Cybertruck design

Tesla is reportedly preparing to build a $25,000 electric car built on the company’s next-generation engineering platform.

Elon Musk biographer Walter Isaacson has detailed the plan to build a $25,000 electric car alongside an autonomous robotaxi that could ferry passengers around.

The $25,000 car reportedly has a futuristic design like the long-delayed Cybertruck — the angular pickup truck that Tesla first revealed in 2019.

The Cybertruck will supposedly begin production this year, with production-at-scale beginning in 2024.

Musk had reportedly been pushing for a truly autonomous robotaxi instead of his original $25,000 electric car plan.

The robotaxis are designed to reduce reliance on car ownership, with no mirrors, no pedals, and no steering wheel and would make the $25,000 car unnecessary.

“[The robotaxi] is the product that makes Tesla a ten-trillion company,” he told Isaacson. “People will be talking about this moment in a hundred years.”

After quietly keeping the $25,000 EV plan alive as a separate project, the engineers eventually convinced Musk that Tesla could build a mass-market vehicle, one sold for $25,000 with a steering wheel and one as a robotaxi, on the company’s “next-generation” engineering platform.

“When one of these comes around a corner,” he said, “people will think they are seeing something from the future.”