It’s only a vague teaser, but Elon Musk has just confirmed that two new products are in development at Tesla.
Before the shareholders gathered on May 16 for thegeneral assembly at the Gigafactory in Austin, Elon Musk has just displayed the silhouette of an upcoming model on a giant screen. It is not strictly speaking a real announcement, but a teaser to taunt investors and the media who always claim to know the next products of the brand.
It is thus not one, but two new Tesla products which would be in development within the teams. Elon Musk indicates that they are being designed and built (a prototype?). For when ? Difficult to say, Elon Musk just indicated a “soon”, which in the mouth of the boss of Tesla can mean a few days, a few weeks, like several months.
Two models to make 5 million combined sales per year
The boss of Tesla will not say more about the products. It is not even known whether the two novelties are two cars. To accompany its Master Plan 3, Tesla had mentioned that other categories of vehicles would complete the range, including a van and a bus. It would seem that these are still two electric cars.
It is possible to imagine that one of the silhouettes corresponds to the model then classified in the compact category, even if the rendering does not seem so compact as that. The two projected silhouettes look a little different depending on the screens, even if this may be an optical effect. The Model 2/A is still awaited and hoped for an announcement soon, Tesla cannot miss this repeated request from the public.
What we do know, however, is that Elon Musk estimates that these two models together will produce 5 million units per year between them. It is therefore necessarily products with high demand. He already considers them to be exciting for the public.
He also clarified that the product design and manufacturing techniques will be above anything present in today’s automotive industry. Certainly still a notch above the Cybertruck. These are probably the first products of the next-gen platform.
Among these two novelties, the Roadster is not counted
By dint of waiting for it, we would almost end up forgetting the new generation Tesla Roadster. One of the shareholders, however, asked Elon Musk for news on this product. A question to which the boss of Tesla answered: “ We expect to complete the engineering and design of the next-generation roadster this year. We expect production to start next year. »
There is a feeling of deja vu with this sequence. To add some excitement around the project, Elon Musk said the new Roadster ” was not just icing on the cake, but the icing on the icing on the cake “. It will not contribute to the volume to reach the 20 million vehicles produced per year, it will probably play no role in the profits of the company, but “it will be a sick thing” he assures.
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