Elon Musk: Auto Chip Shortage Disaster Was A Lot Like The Toilet Paper Fiasco

After missing in action on the previous earnings phone, Elon Musk was back again to give his just take on Tesla’s Q4 call yesterday. As normally, he added really a little bit of color (and humor) to his assessment. Tesla’s “technoking” had a good deal to be proud of — especially in gentle of a further insane yr for Crew Earth.

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The automobile market, as several are informed, was plagued by a significant chip shortage. According to Musk, “last yr was chip hell,” it was practically nothing quick of “chip drama central.” Even so, Tesla was “able to improve virtually 90% though at least almost each and every other producer contracted last calendar year.”

So will the chip shortage lastly abate? Musk seems to feel so, and manufactured a fairly amusing analogy. He stated, “I feel there is some degree of the rest room paper dilemma as very well, where by, you know, there was a toilet paper scarcity all through COVID, and like, definitely, it wasn’t genuinely, definitely, a large improved require for ass wiping.”

He carries on, “It’s just people today panicked … and obtained every paper you could maybe wipe your ass with mainly. … So [it was] an odd preference for persons to panic about … if [the] close of the earth is coming, owning toilet paper is the the very least of your troubles.”

So, much like the rest room paper fiasco in the client merchandise sector, in the auto marketplace, “I imagine we observed just a large amount of businesses above-buy chips … [but] we are observing alleviation.” In addition, “It’s not a extended-expression point [anyhow] since there is heading to be — there is a great volume of chip fabs becoming developed, which is fantastic.”

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Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster responses on Tesla’s latest earnings call and his forecast for the foreseeable future (YouTube: CNBC Television)


Tesla’s CFO Zach Kirkhorn sees a shiny long run in advance. He pointed out, “As we glance forward, we anticipate 2022 to be one more considerable and interesting yr for the corporation. We go on to push for vehicle volume growth at or previously mentioned 50%, as Elon mentioned, and our ideas present that this is in fact achievable with just our Fremont and Shanghai factories.” Meanwhile, Giga Austin and Giga Berlin will absolutely accelerate growth this calendar year.

On another front, when total self-driving is reached, in accordance to Musk, “if you operate the numbers on robotaxis, it is kind of nutty — it is nutty good from a money standpoint.” He proceeds, “the autos in the fleet fundamentally getting to be self-driving by a software update, [which] I consider, may well stop up getting the largest maximize in asset benefit of any asset class in history.”

Musk provides that transitioning from a “dumb” car or truck to a robotaxi variations it from possessing, “a utility of probably 12 hours a 7 days for each passenger car or truck to possibly about 50 or 60 hrs a week [which is] a 5 situations maximize in the utility of the asset. [Yet] the cost didn’t modify.”

Musk also has superior hopes for Tesla’s robotic — internally nicknamed, tongue-in-cheek, Optimus Subprime. He believes it can outpace the company’s motor vehicle company. According to Elon, “The foundation of the economic climate is labor. Money tools is distilled labor. So what transpires if you do not actually have a labor scarcity? I’m not guaranteed what an economy even indicates at that stage. That is what Optimus is about, so [it’s] very vital.”

In the end, there’s plenty to be enthusiastic about in regard to Tesla’s road ahead. According to the electric powered car company’s Q4 shareholder letter, “While 2021 was a defining year for our corporation, we believe we are just at the really early levels of our journey. Thank you for currently being portion of it.”

At first released on EVANNEX.

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