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Ten years after Elon Musk first announced his master plan for Tesla, the second phase has now been revealed. Take a look at exclusive Autocar renders of the new models, too
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25 July 2016

Tesla boss Elon Musk has unveiled his so-called ‘Master Plan, Part Deux’, which includes product plans for the firm’s car model line-up, further autonomous technology and intentions to enter the public transport sector.

Musk announced his first master plan a decade ago; since then, all of those proposals have come to fruition, including the Tesla Model S, Model X and Model 3, as well as becoming a provider of solar power.

Announcing the second part of his master plan on Tesla’s website last night, Musk confirmed there will be a compact SUV and pick-up truck in its vehicle line-up, while ruling out a cheaper vehicle than the Model 3.

He also identified two other electric vehicles he thinks are necessary - “heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport” - both of which he confirmed are in the early stages of development at Tesla and will be unveiled next year. Referring to the heavy-duty truck as “Tesla Semi”, Musk said: “We believe [it] will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”

Increasing autonomy

Musk said that as technology matures, all Tesla vehicles will be fully self-driving, but with “fail-operational capability, meaning that any given system in the car could break and the car will still drive itself safely”.

However, he added that even when the software is highly refined and far better than the average human driver, there will be a significant time gap before fully autonomous driving is approved by regulators.

Musk also alluded to the recent death of a driver while using Tesla’s Autopilot, explaining that if used correctly, partial autonomy is “already significantly safer than a person driving by themselves”. He continued that it would therefore be “morally reprehensible to delay release simply for fear of bad press or some mercantile calculation of legal liability”.

Autopilot is still in a beta phase, Musk said, and will continue to improve. Once Autopilot is roughly 10 times safer than the US vehicle average, the beta label will be removed, he added.

Solar-powered roofs

Last month Tesla announced its intention to buy solar energy company Solarcity in order to integrate its technology into Musk's vision for the future of energy consumption, whereby households generate and store their own renewable energy - stored in Tesla's Powerwall batteries and used in Tesla's range of vehicles. 

Musk has now confirmed that he wants to create a “smoothly integrated and beautiful” solar roof and battery product for homes, which can be scaled worldwide, describing the buying process as “one ordering experience, one installation, one service contact, one phone app”.

Car sharing

Musk also plans to introduce a car sharing platform, allowing a fully autonomous Tesla car to “generate income for you while you’re at work or on vacation”, explaining that once self-driving is approved by regulators, a Tesla vehicle will be able to be summoned from anywhere. He commented: “Since most cars are only in use by their owner for 5% to 10% of the day, the fundamental economic utility of a true self-driving car is likely to be several times that of a car which is not.”

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Tesla will also run its own fleet in cities where demand exceeds supply of customer-owned cars.

Musk also talked about Tesla’s production facility, describing how the brand’s engineering has transitioned to focus heavily on designing the “machine that makes the machine”, meaning that the factory itself becomes a product. He added that the first Model 3 production line should be thought of as "version 0.5, with version 1.0 probably [due] in 2018”. This philosophy will help the brand to scale up production volume as quickly as possible, according to Musk.

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Walking 22 July 2016

And there is more

Don't forget his rocket X business and journey to Mars plus the hyperloop project which he doesn't have the time to do. I guess he must have cracked human cloning as well, I fell so lazy. The idea of reduced car ownership also fits with the trends of younger generations that aren't prioritising learning to drive already. Learning to drive will fall off a cliff once it isn't necessary along with car ownership.
The Doctor 22 July 2016

All-nighter

Here we go again... Another grand scheme from Elon Musk with plenty of the "vision thing" that's going to change the world.

Except that nowhere in the document does he provide any sort of detail about how Tesla is actually going to achieve these lofty goals. Tesla's Fremont factory has never produced more than about 420,000 cars a year (as NUMMI) so how does Tesla propose to meet its Model 3 production targets AND deliver two new models? They're not likely to be able to purchase a factory for $42m like they did last time so where will they find the $1bn+ that it costs to make a new one?

Also, spare me the guff about Telsa having a "start-up mentality" or being the next Apple. Apple became a success because the appeal of its products was matched with profit margins that were well ahead of its peers. Tesla certainly has an appealing product, but unless they can generate better margins than the incumbent car companies they're going to continue to burn cash at a sphincter-puckering rate.

androo 22 July 2016

Would you want to share your car?

I suppose if it made it financially viable you might, but I wouldn't really want my car getting up to mischief and returning scratched or dirtied, full of vomit or who knows what. Autonomous cars will certainly offer many new and unthought of possibilities. But I reckon most people will still want their own car, parked in their own garage, full of their own junk, ready to go anywhere 24/7 when they want to go there. You can't take your kids to A+E when they fall over and your car's out earning money. But thank heavens the world still has some visionaries like Musk.
bowsersheepdog 22 July 2016

androo wrote:

androo wrote:

I suppose if it made it financially viable you might, but I wouldn't really want my car getting up to mischief and returning scratched or dirtied, full of vomit or who knows what. Autonomous cars will certainly offer many new and unthought of possibilities. But I reckon most people will still want their own car, parked in their own garage, full of their own junk, ready to go anywhere 24/7 when they want to go there. You can't take your kids to A+E when they fall over and your car's out earning money. But thank heavens the world still has some visionaries like Musk.

As the former owner of a private hire business I can tell you that it is difficult enough to prevent a car becoming a pit of ordure with a human driver in place, so autonomous cars would be entirely at the mercy of the worst of drunken and loutish behaviour, and highly unpleasant for the next user or on return to the owner. As to driving your kids to A&E when necessary, the whole purpose of autonomous cars, in the eyes of the lefties who dreamt them up, is that the car wouldn't take you to A&E, or anywhere else, until you had the proper clearance from officialdom to make a journey, at a permitted time to a permitted destination.

Torque Stear 25 July 2016

bowsersheepdog wrote:

bowsersheepdog wrote:
androo wrote:

I suppose if it made it financially viable you might, but I wouldn't really want my car getting up to mischief and returning scratched or dirtied, full of vomit or who knows what. Autonomous cars will certainly offer many new and unthought of possibilities. But I reckon most people will still want their own car, parked in their own garage, full of their own junk, ready to go anywhere 24/7 when they want to go there. You can't take your kids to A+E when they fall over and your car's out earning money. But thank heavens the world still has some visionaries like Musk.

As the former owner of a private hire business I can tell you that it is difficult enough to prevent a car becoming a pit of ordure with a human driver in place, so autonomous cars would be entirely at the mercy of the worst of drunken and loutish behaviour, and highly unpleasant for the next user or on return to the owner. As to driving your kids to A&E when necessary, the whole purpose of autonomous cars, in the eyes of the lefties who dreamt them up, is that the car wouldn't take you to A&E, or anywhere else, until you had the proper clearance from officialdom to make a journey, at a permitted time to a permitted destination.

Autonomous cars are likely to surf well ahead of legislation, they are hardly the creation of government to suppress the population. More likely they will provide mobility to set far more the population free from relying on others and on public transport.

The issue of people treating them bad is pretty obvious, if the next user doesn't like the condition of the car they simply report it. The car heads to the cleaning centre on it's own and the previous occupant gets the bill on their card.

As for using it to get to A&E, more likely that the way to the A&E department traffic will be cleared from in front of you and if it is quicker to rendezvous with an Ambulance on the way that will be easy to arrange.

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