But in the near future, there have been signs that Tesla is planning to launch a number of other electric cars in the coming years. Musk, for example, said earlier this year that Tesla would design an electric car for the global market in China and unveiled a design for a compact car.
In addition, a California official said Tesla is building a 12-seat electric van for Musk’s company, Boring Company.
Musk made his latest comments today on the two potential new products.
On Tesla’s second-quarter 2020 earnings conference call, Musk answered questions about the future of Tesla cars, referring to a compact electric car and a larger capacity car:
“I don’t think we can comment on the detailed roadmap that hasn’t been publicly announced because we want to leave it until the product is released,” Musk said. But we can reasonably assume that we will make some kind of compact car, and maybe some kind of car with a larger capacity. In a way, these are all likely to happen. But I do think Model 3 and Model Y, as well as CyberTruck and Semi, have a long way to go. In the process, I think we’ll do something obvious. “
Industry insiders said that while Musk’s comments were tentative, he also pointed to specific new models in Tesla’s product roadmap.
Analysts said they wouldn’t be surprised if the new car projects were moving faster than Musk’s comments. After all, Tesla has begun to publicly accept design advice on the compact cars.
As for “larger-capacity cars,” Musk first mentioned teslas building an electric van in part II of the 2016 master plan, in addition to California officials working with Boring Company.
As for the CyberTruck electric pickup truck, Tesla plans to bring it to market by the end of 2021. Earlier this month, Tesla Cybertruck China launched a reservation for 1,000 yuan, offering three models of single-motor rear-wheel drive, dual-motor all-wheel drive and three-motor all-wheel drive.