£30,000 Tesla electric car will launch in 2016
6 June 2013

More details have emerged about the proposed new entry-level Tesla, which would potentially vie with the likes of the Nissan Leaf and Vauxhall Ampera for low-emission sales.

Primary shareholder Elon Musk confirmed to investors that the company is developing a smaller battery-powered model, known as the Gen III.

Musk is quoted as saying: "It will probably arrive at the end of 2016 I would say - the third-generation vehicle, or the vehicle that is in a lot of ways a smaller version of the Tesla Model S at about half the price."

Although UK pricing of the Tesla Model S has yet to be confirmed, that means a likely entry price for the Gen III model of around £30,000 if government grants are ongoing.

Musk also revealed more details about the Tesla Model X crossover, which is scheduled to be launched later this year. The Model X is all-electric and uses the same running gear as the Model S. It seats seven and is notable for the 'falcon' door arrangement of its concept.

Musk said: "Because the battery is in the floor-pan, it should have the lowest centre gravity of any SUV and as a result, extremely good handling. We want to have something that has the handling of a sports car and also looks great, but has more functionality than a minivan. We're aiming to have initial cars in customer hands at the end of next year."

Musk also confirmed that the company is preparing a China-specific version of the Model S as well as another version of the car for the rest of Asia.

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6 June 2013

It seems wholly unlikely that a largely private start-up will successfully challenge the likes of General Motors and Nissan, but here it is in black and white. No questions asked, no professional distance or cynicism, just a polite recitation of what Elon Musk fancies saying when the cameras are rolling. There's a saying, isn't there. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

6 June 2013

@Londonist. The Tesla Model S has been reported to be currently outselling the BMW 7-Series, A8 and S-Class combined in the US. So yes, I find it a rather important piece of journalism. Whilst we wait for the Model S to come to European shores, it is important that we hear of the plans for a Nissan Leaf rivalling future product.

Some of us understand that we have come round to the idea that oil will not be around forever. From what I have seen of the Tesla so far, it has real potential, especially in a smaller vehicle format. 

Their models are capable of reaching 300 miles on a single charge, and they are currently growing a network of superspeed charging across the US.

I agree when you come to mention that there are some serious questions to be asked. For example, how do you ensure electricity comes from renewable sources? How long will the batteries last before they need to be fully replaced? How much would it cost to replace the batteries at the end of their life cycle? 

Before the technology is available to the masses we should have more ideas on the answers to most of these questions. Car drivers should be worried in general and could end up in a real minority as we hear reports that less people are learning to drive. It's time people stopped worrying about losing the internal combustion engine and started talking about the future of drivers!

Autocar Staff - Please do not let negative comments put you off from reporting about cars with alternative technology. You have done so great work so far. I think the majority will be interested, especially when fuel prices eventually start hitting £2.00 per litre.

6 June 2013

I was making the point that if anyone wants a press statement from a corporation they can find it on-line and that the role of the press is surely to question these statements rather than repeating them in this way. Nowhere in my post is there even a suggestion that I believe oil is going to last forever, nor that I cannot see a role for alternatives to the conventional internal combustion engine. Rather I was expressing surprise at this casual acceptance that a privately-owned start-up will succeed where well-established players with even deeper pockets are struggling, but for whatever reason you haven't grasped this.

6 June 2013

If Tesla can actually pull this off, it could be a game changer.

Cyborg

6 June 2013

Unlimited range is coming. When it arrives most future cars are likely to be electric. The reason is that such cars will be mobile power plants.

They will be able to sell substantial electricity to utilities when suitably parked. Such cars and trucks may pay for themselves as investments.

See www.aesopinstitute.org for a few examples of breakthrough technologies now being born that will make that possible.

Imagine the positive impact on the economy!

7 June 2013

After reading so much negativity in the motoring press - including the Autocar - towards the electric powertrains, it was refreshing to read Steve Cropley's reportage of his drive to Paris and back in an imported Tesla Model S - more than 200 miles in one charge. Promising.

10 June 2013

30k is still a lot of money.

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19 June 2013

We're aiming to have initial cars in customer hands at the end of next year oto klima

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