Elon Musk addressed the Model 4 while traveling in Norway. Tesla boss has indeed talked about a small car that could help democratize the electric car to the public.
Tesla plans are extremely well established. In 2006, Elon Musk published on the brand’s blog its “Master Plan”. The idea: take the few sales of the Roadster to offer a sporty four-door sedan that would be sold at half price of 89,000 dollars claimed by the Roadster, and then a third model offered even cheaper. His plan was almost done smoothly, with the Model S sold at around $ 60 000 in 2012 taking into account the tax benefits and the Model 3, just announced for 35 thousand dollars. The American businessman’s plan is not finished: it is now a question of a fourth generation of electric cars, which could be called the Model 4.
A compact and affordable Model 4
During a trip to Norway, Elon Musk has publicly discussed with Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Transport Minister of the country. The man announced that the Model 3 would affect half of consumers, and that a fourth generation car, more compact, could target virtually all the automotive market customers. We then imagine a small compact Model 4, the size of an Audi A1 but with a close price of French cars, like the Model 3 which competes with German sedans like the 3 Series, but with a much tariff softer.
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Elon Musk is not really dwelled on this supposed Model 4 and therefore pass on technical details. Remember also that the details of Model 3 are still not known, with the exception of its autonomy (345 km), performance (0 to 100 in less than 6 seconds) and the presence of the Autopilot, the semi-autonomous driving feature of Tesla we have already tested.
A passenger transport service
At this conference, Elon Musk also touched a new autonomous transport service of people, or Uber competitor Lyft. The idea is of course to use an autonomous vehicle to replace the bus, to get people to their final destination, but also taxis, allowing to best optimize the car utilization. The man, however, proved mysterious about the details of this service.