The Future of Tesla: All the Cars, Trucks and Vans in the Master Plan Staff Writer April 17, 2017 News Tesla may have come into prominence with the Tesla Roadster in 2008, but it wasn’t until the Model S took the industry by storm that Tesla became a household name. Since then, Tesla has taken a small automotive company and transformed into a worldwide leader in clean energy solutions to not only the automotive world but also the residential and business worlds as well. With the success of the Model S and X, and with the “everyman” Model 3 on the way, Tesla is poised to take over the electric vehicle space, currently held by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. As the company moves forward, CEO Elon Musk says that he envisions Tesla as a technology company and independent automaker, and it all continues in the next few years as Tesla revealed their plans for eight vehicle programs all currently at different stages of development. Tesla Model S – In Production The Model S needs no introduction, as you can pretty much drive anywhere these days and see at least one on your trip. The Model S is currently in production and has been since 2012. There are no signs of Model S production slowing down has the car currently holds the position as Tesla’s flagship luxury sedan. As long as people are buying them, Tesla will keep pumping them out, and judging by the rate at which the Model S is popping up on roads, I’d say we’re going to be seeing the Model S on the roads for a long time. Tesla Model X – In Production The Model S is Tesla’s flagship luxury sedan, so that makes the Model X Tesla’s flagship SUV. The Model X, a full-sized crossover SUV that launched in 2015. While not as major of a seller as the Model S, the Model X still sees a healthy number on the street, with 18,240 units sold in the US through December 2016. Tesla Model 3 – Late 2017 Perhaps the most intriguing product to come out of Tesla is the upcoming Model 3, the “affordable Tesla.” I put “affordable” in quotes because $35,000 is still no small chunk of change (that’s how much my 2015 Mustang GT Performance Pack cost), but compared to Tesla’s Model S and X, it’s a huge value. The car debuted to great fanfare (I pre-ordered one myself) and production is slated to begin in late 2017, though Tesla’s track record with meeting deadlines leaves a lot to be desired. The start date to the Model 3 production determines the timeline for the following five vehicles. Tesla Model Y – Late 2018 Render by Autocar The upcoming Model Y will do for the Model X what the Model 3 will do for the Model S; that is to say, the Model Y will be a smaller, presumably more affordable small SUV based on the same platform as the Model 3. The Model Y is expected to be Tesla’s top priority once Model 3 production hits its stride. @varunfatehpuria Oh Model Y is coming too in a few years. Kinda have to. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2017 Tesla Semi – Late 2018 (Low Volume) Render by Peisert Design Not much is known about the upcoming Tesla semi except for the fact that it is currently in the pipeline for late 2018. An all-electric, long range semi truck is an incredibly intriguing idea, one that we will learn more about when the public unveiling takes place in September later this year. Tesla Semi truck unveil set for September. Team has done an amazing job. Seriously next level. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 13, 2017 Tesla Roadster Next-Gen – 2019 Render by Peisert Design After tackling the masses with the Model S, X, 3, and the upcoming Model Y, Tesla will return to the car that started it all: the Tesla Roadster. Virtually nothing is known about the next-gen Roadster at this time other than the fact that Musk does intend to make it, and that it will indeed be a convertible. @SamGonzales Next gen Roadster will be convertible — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 13, 2017 Tesla Minibus – 2019 Render by Jason Torchinsky Coming from seemingly out of nowhere, the Tesla microbus is slated for production using the existing Model X chassis. There is no current information on a production start estimate, but building on an existing platform most likely gives it an edge compared to the next model below. The microbus is inspired by the California Custom VW Combi, so expect the hippie van to return in an all electric variety. @danahull It's inspired by some of the California Custom VW combi design art — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 21, 2016 Some good guessing by @Jalopnik. The Tesla Minibus will be built on a Model X chassis. People density potential is surprisingly high. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 29, 2016 Tesla Pickup – 2020 Render by Tobias Buttner In all seriousness, I would have expected the Tesla pickup to be much higher on Tesla’s priority list considering the dominance of pickup truck sales in the US. No concrete info exists on the Tesla pickup except that Musk intend to make an annoucnement within the next two years or so. In the meantime, take a look at the beautiful concept above. @NoahMagel Pickup truck unveil in 18 to 24 months — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 13, 2017 Thanks to Electrek for the heads up and the release date guesstimates! Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.