• Jun 21, 2010

Tesla future models – Click above for more slides from the road show

The long-delayed initial public offering for Tesla Motors is expected to happen as early as next week. Naturally, then, company CEO Elon Musk now has to go out and sell it. One of the last steps before the stock's on-sale date is the Road Show, where executives go before the mavens of Wall Street to convince them of the value of the company.

Slide #19 of Musk's Powerpoint gives us the first glimpse of what might come after the Model S, which includes a cabriolet, van and crossover. All will be built on a common platform with the Model S and will mount the battery pack under the floor in a similar manner to the Nissan Leaf. The cabriolet, in particular, is quite the stunner and should provide a real competitor to the Fisker Karma Sunset.

Among the other changes that Musk revealed are liquid-cooled power electronics and motor starting with the Model S. While this will add to the cost and complexity of the powertrain, it should help improve the overall efficiency and overcome some of the limiting factors that were found late in the development of the Roadster. The full Tesla prospectus is available here and you can watch the Road Show here.



[Source: Retail Road Show]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Did they get a middle school kid to make that power point presentation for a science fair. Seriously for the kind of money the company took from the government they could have at least made a good presentation.

      This and everything else related to Tesla just goes to show that Musk is an imbecile that got lucky with a stock valued scam. Hopefully within five years he will be broke living on the street.

      The Tesla roadster was fueled by hype and is a decent car in its own right but the big guys will always be able to one up Tesla without even trying. A $100k+ electric sports car isn't a big challenge. Take the new Gullwing electric or the Audi E-tron. The trith is the market for these cars is too small to be worth the expense unless you have a gas powered car to market along with the electric. People who can afford a $100k+ toy can afford to pay for gas at any price and don't care about mileage.

      If you can produce a $20k electric with 300 miles of range and power it with a battery pack that can last ten years and can charge in less than ten minutes, then you'll have something. Anything outside those parameters is a project destined to fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It reminds me of the Autonomy concept. one chassis, multiple body options.
      Great idea, but the larger companies will always be able to provide cheaper products more quickly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That van will easily be the ritziest around, in looks and, no doubt, price. Great PR for those companies leasing it, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Tesla battery "platform" looks like a GM HyWire design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The balls to do what, put an illustration in a presentation slide?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except Tesla has the balls to do it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      enbadesign - The ignorance of your comments is truly astounding.

      1) OK; I'll grant you the presentation could have been better... but,
      2) "Musk is an imbecile..." I guess he must be to have founded and built five successful start-up companies. What have you done? What have you built? You should be so imbecilic.
      3)"Hopefully within five years he will be broke living on the street." What has he ever done to you? Why would you wish that on anyone? What has made you so bitter?
      4) The Roadster is far more than a "decent" car. As the owner of one, I can assure you it is, in every way, an absolutely fantastic piece of engineering and an amazing vehicle; a towering home run in their first at bat.
      5) If "the big guys will always be able to one up Tesla without even trying," then why haven't they? Your apparently preferred Gullwing Electric or E-Tron are not products yet any more than the Model S. Good luck waiting for them. Model S will beat both to market.
      6) Your assumptions about people who can afford $100k+ are ignorant. It's not about the price of gas. It's all about a better way to drive, a more fun way to drive, 0 tail pipe emissions, wicked performance, reduced environmental impact, national security and not continuing to send our dollars overseas to people who use them to try and kill us.
      7) "Anything outside those parameters is a project destined to fail." Please, continue to enjoy your ICE car (or horse & carriage) for a long time. All the buyers lined up for Roadsters and S's and Fisker Karma's and Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs and Smart Fortwos and Ford Fusions and Plug-in Prius's and Mitsubishi MiEV's, etc. must be wrong and you're right.

      Thankfully not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The Roadster is far more than a "decent" car. As the owner of one, I can assure you it is, in every way, an absolutely fantastic piece of engineering and an amazing vehicle; a towering home run in their first at bat."
        Put down the crack pipe and step away from keyboard.

        Tesla took an existing car, a motor from a second company, a power controller from a third company, and after botching several transmission designs, finally managed to complete less cars in a year than a typical auto plant completes in a day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would definitely like to see them succeed. So first thing first get the Model S made make sure it stays true what you have been showing off the past 2 years now as the actual production design for the Model S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HaaHaa! And I have a unicorn ranch. LOL!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whoa! Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Wow, a fancy cabriolet, van, and SUV all on the way from Tesla. Maybe we reserve our excitement until the long delayed Model S finally makes it out of Elon's imagination.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everyone doubting Tesla reminds me of all the people calling the Chevy Volt "vaporware" a couple of years ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't really think it is the same as people doubting the will of GM to bring the Volt to market, because that's all that could be doubted since GM had the design, testing, and manufacturing capabilities in place to do it.

        Tesla on the other hand IS vaporware as they have nothing more then a design shop and a closed factory. They NEED the IPO to inject cash into the company in order to get the model S done since right now the model S exists only on a computer screen with a few mock ups riding on who knows what platform but not the model S platform for sure as Elon Musk himself claimed it is in pre-alpha stage. They do not expect to construct any validation models on the actual model S platform until close to the end of this year.

        I wish them all the luck in the world, but right now they are a vaporware company that is generating as much hype as they can in order to hopefully get the model S on the streets in two years. The question is, how many people will shell out $80+K for a luxury electric. Since Tesla is relying on the higher end models of the model S to make their margin, it remains to be seen how many potential Audi, Lexus, Mercedes or other luxury buys are willing to shell out a hell of premium on top of your average 5 series that Tesla needs to make money off the model S. The $50K one is really $57 400 (when the tax credit dries up) and that's only good for 160 miles at best and no bells and whistles except for the silly touch screen (which is as dumb an idea as anyone has ever thought of because it REQUIRES you to take your eyes off the road for even the most basic operations like turning on the A/C).

        For all Telsa went on and on and on about how they are the fastest and most efficient car company on the planet in their presentation, Nissan still came up with the leaf since the public debut of the model S design concept and will get the leaf to market years ahead of the model S. Heck, when the model S comes out, Nissan will have been selling the leaf for a couple years already and will surely be able to source a battery pack capable of propelling it more then 300 miles for less then half the cost of the base model of the model S.

        They have an extremely long uphill road and the doubters of Tesla have every reason to question whether or not they can actually pull it off.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but the wild-eyed dreamers need to put first things first. Before elaborating on technological developments of future models, would Tesla care to explain why it doesn't have a factory or even a drivable prototype of the Model S, a car that is supposed to be on the market in fewer than 18 months?

      Anyone who gets in on this IPO is going to be taken for a ride.
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