Elon Musk has revealed Tesla’s new master plan…
Welcome to Tesla v2.0. CEO Elon Musk himself, via a chatty, frank blog post on his car company’s own website, has outlined his vision for the next decade of Tesla output, a decade after the Roaster ticked-box one of four from his original master plan.
In an allergy-free TG nutshell, here’s what you need to know. First off, there’ll be no need for a lower cost vehicle sitting below the Tesla Model 3, so if you’re after a Tesla supermini, forget it. However, Musk does intend to offer a “a future compact SUV and a new kind of pick-up truck”, sitting either side of the Model X in utility. Bet Toyota wishes it put fashion doors on the new Hilux now…
Musk also wants to zap the world of HGVs. “Here are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year.” Musk says his Tesla Semi (behave) will be fun to drive, and his autonomous bus will cut congestion.
However, so far as car production goes the main priority is ramping up production to get those waiting lists down. Here, Musk slightly lapses into PhD speak: “A first principles physics analysis of automotive production suggests that somewhere between a 5 to 10 fold improvement is achievable by version 3 on a roughly 2 year iteration cycle.”
Next up, the autonomy problem. A hot topic, what with the recent news of Tesla’s Autopilot system being online during a fatal accident. Musk says future versions will have a failsafe back-up, so if anything on the car fails, your journey is still continued safely without driver input.
Apparently, three million miles-worth of system-improving data per day is being fed into Tesla’s servers, and Musk has promised that Autopilot will be considered a beta service until it’s demonstrated to be at least ten times safer than manual driving by a human (according to average crash stats in the US).
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