December 5, 2022


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Tesla Robovan: Elon Musk hints at a new model

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It is been hinted at for many years, but could Tesla finally be operating on an electric van?

Tesla could before long have an electric van to increase to its line-up.

In a tweet over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk put feelers out for a Robovan “for persons & cargo?”, suggesting we could see a new product from the US carmaker in the long term.

As part of his Learn Strategy Element Deux – published 6 many years back this month, detailing the company’s upcoming strategy – Musk hinted at a folks-mover getting beneath advancement at Tesla.

“In addition to shopper motor vehicles, there are two other styles of electric powered auto [sic] essential: hefty-responsibility vehicles and substantial passenger-density urban transportation. Equally are in the early levels of improvement at Tesla and must be prepared for unveiling up coming year.”

When the Cybertruck was not exposed right up until late 2019, months following the Master Strategy Aspect Deux was released Musk wrote on Twitter that it “probably makes perception to build [a van] off the select-up truck chassis”.

These digital renderings by Brazilian artist Kleber Silva picture how a Tesla people today mover could look – albeit based mostly closely on a US-marketplace Chrysler Pacifica ‘minivan’.

Like a Volkswagen Transporter – which kinds the foundation of the California campervan, as very well as the Multivan and Caravelle people-movers – the Tesla Robovan could be pitched to a number of purchasers like shipping and delivery drivers and campervan proprietors.

Full-time campervan residing has exploded in attractiveness in current several years, with a new technology of so-called ‘vanlifers’ having benefit of rapidly mobile web, distant operate preparations, and improvements in technological know-how like photo voltaic.

In 2020, Tesla rival Rivian unveiled its completely-electrical supply van intended exclusively for Amazon in the US, supplying a lot more than 240 kilometres of driving selection. Rivian states the automobile will spawn a more compact van which is expected to be built offered to the community.

Mercedes-Benz Vans has promised to deliver its electrical EQV, eVito Tourer, and eVito panel van to Australia in the coming months, although Ford’s E-Transit is also established to get there in the 2nd fifty percent of 2022.

Ben Zachariah

Ben Zachariah is an expert author and motoring journalist from Melbourne, obtaining worked in the automotive industry for far more than 15 a long time. Ben was formerly an interstate truck driver and concluded his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is viewed as an pro in the spot of typical automobile investment.

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