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NewsTesla Teases a Compact Car, a Van, and a Bus

Tesla Teases a Compact Car, a Van, and a Bus

Tesla teased three new models in its Master Plan part 3, including a bus.

  • The company teased these three models in its latest product plan.

  • The compact car will have a 53 kWh LFP battery and expected sales of 42 million.

  • The Van should offer passenger and cargo variants and be similar to the Ford E-Transit or Rivian EDV.

Tesla recently released its Master Plan part 3, a document that shows details about all of its vehicles and projects, three of which hadn’t been officially announced before.

Indeed, the Master Plan shows information about an upcoming compact car (the Model 2) as well as a commercial van and a bus.

While the compact car has been talked about extensively before, this is not the case with the other two models, which had been mentioned by Elon Musk in passing.

More than just confirming that the automaker is working on those projects, the document reveals a few details about these upcoming vehicles.

This is how we know Tesla intends to give its compact car a 53 kWh Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery, which is significantly smaller than the 75 kWh unit found in the Model 3 and Model Y.

In addition, the production goals for this model appear to be 42 million units, which is almost double that of the Model 3 and Y duo, which accounts for about 24 million sales.

To achieve this, the automaker is expected to count on a low base price of around $25,000 in the United States, which could undercut most other EVs on the market.

To do so, Tesla will have to work quickly however since other companies are also aiming at the lower end of the market, such as Chevrolet with the $30,000 Equinox EV in the U.S. and Volkswagen with the 20,000 Euro ID.2 in Europe.

In the case of the van, this model is expected to offer both passenger and cargo versions that could rival with others such as the Ford E-Transit, the Mercedes eSprinter, and the Rivian EDV.

This model will use a high nickel 100 kWh battery which means it could share its mechanical elements with the Model S, Model X, and Cybertruck, which have all been combined in the same category.

Sales estimates are interesting here as well since the van should sell about 10 million units, which is 1 million more than the Model S, X, and Cybertruck combined.

The last new model is a bus that could share some elements with the recently released Semi truck.

While the company hasn’t said anything about the size and specifications of this future model, the document shows it should be powered by a 300 kWh LFP battery, which is 200 kWh less than the short-range version of the Semi. Sales of 1 million units seem to be the target for this bus.

Interestingly, the latest business plan makes no mention of the supposedly upcoming Roadster, which had been first announced in 2017 and promised to arrive on the market as a 2021 model.

Some claim this is due to the Roadster being a very low-volume vehicle while the Master Plan focuses on a broader view of the company’s future, but this still leaves some questions unanswered.

Source: Teslarati


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