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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E 247

An anonymous reader writes The biggest complaint about Tesla Motors' electric vehicles is that they're far too expensive for the average motorist. The Roadster sold for $109,000, and the Model S for $70,000. Chris Porritt, the company's VP of engineering, says their next model will aim for much broader availability. The compact Model E aims to be competitive with the Audi A4 and BMW 3-series, which both start in the low $30,000 range. To reduce cost, the Model E won't be built mostly with aluminum, like the Model S, and it will be roughly 20% smaller as well. The construction of the "Gigafactory" for battery production will also go a long way toward reducing the price. Their goal for launch is sometime around late 2016 or early 2017
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 04, 2014 @10:34AM (#47383509)

    Elon said at the last shareholder meeting that Ford wouldn't let them use the Model E name as they already have a trademark on it therefore "Ford is killing SEX"

  • by serviscope_minor ( 664417 ) on Friday July 04, 2014 @11:15AM (#47383703) Journal

    People will like the smaller car and lower price,but if it doesn't have the range... they will not flock to it...

    And cargo capacity, don't forget that. This is why I always drive a Peterbilt. First, it's crucial that I can drive 3000 miles with no load, because I reckon some day I might need to drive all the way across the country without stopping.

    A semi in that case is handy because I can fill up the back with energy drinks to keep me awake, and a portacabin so I don't have to waste valuable time finding a restroom at a stop.

    But the cargo is what's really important. I once thought I would have to move house. It turns out I didn't in the end, but the thought of the panic I would have undergone had I not owned a semi made it all the more worthwhile!

    Oh and it's a vocational model on the off chance I might need to move house to somewhere without a paved road.

    Honestly, until I see them building small "cars" with this kind of cargo capacity I just don't see people flocking to them.

  • by jo_ham ( 604554 ) <> on Friday July 04, 2014 @12:19PM (#47384047)

    Can I borrow your time machine please?

Help! I'm trapped in a PDP 11/70!