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Elon Musk Hints at Future Tesla Motors Model [VIDEO]

Elon Musk mentions some upcoming developments in the Tesla Motors
Elon Musk mentions some upcoming developments in the Tesla Motors

Apparently, yesterday’s video wasn’t complete. I’m sure you noticed that Elon Musk’s presentation at the Tesla Motors enthusiasts gathering in Munich, Germany, was a little skippy.

Well, we found a different version of the video, from a different angle, where Elon Musk mentions some upcoming developments in the Tesla Motors, about two minutes in…

After mentioning the Model X, which has been on the back burner for a little while, Elon Musk then goes on to mention the “third-generation mass-market car, which will be smaller than the Model S, not as many features, but about half the price.” Given that the Tesla Model S starts around $70,000, this would place the next Tesla Motors vehicle, rumored to be the Tesla Model E [for Everyone?], around $35,000.

And what about range? What kind of range could you get for $35,000 from Tesla Motors? Right now, the top-of-the-line Nissan Leaf SL, equipped with a 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack and 75mi range, sells for just over $36,000. Elon Musk says the as-yet-unnamed Tesla Motors mass-market electric vehicle will have a range of “at least 300km,” which is about 250% farther than you can drive in a Nissan Leaf.

Elon says that this new car is currently in sketch stage, and could get to clay modeling by mid-2014, and prototyping by early 2015. Given the advance of Tesla Motors, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a production model by that time. Tesla Motors offering a 185mi-range electric vehicle at just $35,000 is going to prove to be a popular option, probably even more popular than the base Tesla Model S, with 265mi range and twice the price. Strictly speaking range, the Tesla Model S goes for at least $264/mi, while the upcoming Tesla [Model E?] would go for just $189/mi. At 185mi range, the new Tesla would still be very capable for the average American driver.

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