Though Tesla doesn’t seem to have any difficulty with selling its existing $70-90 Model S sedan, the company has an agenda to affect widespread change among the car-buying public. Though we’ve seen this through Elon Musk’s recent tweets about leaving their patents for all to use, the evidence that this is more than just an effort to raise capital comes in the form of comments during an interview with Nikkei.
For the price of a well-optioned family sedan, Tesla promises a more accessible electric car; though most of the compliance car market is floating around this price point, Tesla’s offering will likely offer greater range that the paltry 80 miles that seems to be the high water mark for most cars such as the Chevy Spark EV, Nissan Leaf, Fiat 500e, etc. Though the company will be partnering with Toyota to deliver batteries and share electronics know-how, Musk stated that “I think in the long term, all Tesla cars will have auto-pilot capability.” For those of us interested in being more than a piece of meat though, the word “capability” was bandied about, thankfully not suggesting that it would be a defining feature of the cars.
-By: Sawyer Sutton