Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla, recently announced the development of an electric prime mover. During the laying out of his personal plan for the company, Musk confirmed the progressing development of these prime movers. This, along with the production of a high passenger density urban transport bus, hinted at an extensive reveal as early as 2017.
Musk commented on his blog that consumers are in need of two other types of electric vehicles. In addition to consumer vehicles, we need heavy-duty trucks, as well as high passenger density urban transport. He further mentioned that both are in the early stages of development at Tesla. However, they will be ready or unveiling next year. The company believes that the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport.
Musk also underscored a major design aspect of the interior of the new Tesla buses, saying that they are “eliminating the center aisle and putting seats where there are now entryways”.
According to the post describing the master plan, Tesla CEO also talked about additional consumer vehicles. He stated the inclusion of a “new kind of pickup truck” and a compact SUV apart from the Model X.
“It would therefore be morally reprehensible to delay release simply for fear of bad press or some mercantile calculation of legal liability”, he explained. Musk even shared his vision where Tesla owners can continue earning money even when the vehicles are not in use. Consumers use their vehicles for an estimated 5 or 10% of the day. This leaves ample time for passenger deliveries. Musk stresses his belief that this will lessen the cost of Teslas, enabling everyone to purchase one.
Musk expressed his idea of Tesla operating its own fleet in cities where demand exceeds the supply of customer-owned cars. He ensures that “you can always hail a ride from us no matter where you are.” Finally, he revealed his wish to pick riders up using self-driving cars. Musk envisions a ride that will allow you to sleep or read en route to your destination with these cars.