Tesla could start selling Optimus robots by end of 2025

Elon Musk, CEO of the major American electric car manufacturer Tesla, announced on April 23rd that Tesla’s humanoid robot, Optimus, is still in the laboratory, but it may be available as soon as the end of next year.

Some companies have pinned high hopes on humanoid robots to address potential labor shortages and to carry out repetitive tasks that could be hazardous or monotonous in industries such as logistics, warehousing, retail, and manufacturing. Musk informed investors in a conference call that he speculated Tesla’s robot, named Optimus, could be executing tasks in factories by the end of this year.

During the conference call on the 23rd, Musk stated, “I think Tesla is best positioned of any humanoid robot maker to achieve volume production with efficient inference on the robot itself.”

Tesla introduced the first-generation Optimus robot, affectionately nicknamed “Bumblebee,” in September 2022; this year, Tesla released a video showcasing a second-generation Optimus robot folding T-shirts at the Tesla factory.

Billionaire Musk has indicated that robot sales may constitute a larger portion of Tesla’s business compared to other areas such as car manufacturing. | A.Lee, BChannel News

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