Tesla may currently be busy with the new Model 3 and the testing of their Bioweapon Defense mode system, but it doesn’t mean founder and chief executive officer Elon Musk isn’t thinking about the company’s next move. In fact, he’s made it clear that Tesla will be introducing a new car in the future. Whether this one will be called the Model 4, however, remains to be seen.
Musk knows how to keep people happy. Recently, he confirmed via Twitter that the Model 3 will have the optional Ludicrous mode to allow the driver to experience getting from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Lately, too, he decided to stir up excitement by making it clear that a new Tesla car is coming.
Right now, some have gone to call it the Model 4. However, Inverse reports that it is possible Tesla would call the upcoming vehicle the Model Y so its new vehicle lineup would spell out as “S 3 X Y.” While there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the name, Musk made a point to discuss his thoughts on Tesla’s future car.
First, Musk admitted that he wants the new car (Model 4 or not) to become cheaper than the Model 3, which currently has a starting price of $35,000. At the Future Transport Solutions conference in Oslo, Norway, Musk explained that Model 3 was designed in such a way that “roughly half the people will be able to afford the car.”
However, he added that “with fourth generation and smaller cars, we’ll ultimately be in the position where everyone will be able to afford the car.” For this to happen, he is depending on achieving a higher volume of production and greater demand to bring the price of electric vehicles down.
As for the size, Musk admitted he is thinking about making the next car smaller, preferably more compact. At the same time, the supposed Model 4 is also expected to have a lot more autonomous driving capabilities. After all, Musk believes autonomous driving is the future.
“I think it will be quite unusual to see cars that don’t have full autonomy, let’s say, in 15-20 years. And for Tesla, it will be a lot sooner than that,” Musk said.
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