The Tesla Model 2, the name the internet has warmly given the upcoming Tesla compact car, was confirmed by the company at its 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting and Battery Day, which was held last week. The 25,000 USD affordable Tesla car is expected in three years from now. Here are some interesting design inspirations for the model.
The design sketch above was posted by Tesla on Chinese social media following the launch of the Made-in-China Tesla Model 3 event in January this year. During the event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also stated that the company wanted to create a design and engineering center in China which will design an original car in China for worldwide consumption. Following the message, Tesla has invited designers in China to submit portfolios.
Even if the design of the Tesla model were to be finalized with Chinese input, there are rumors pointing to a sit-down between VW Group boss Herbert Diess and Musk; the former is working on its MEB Entry platform which will underpin urban electric vehicles for the VW Group from around 2025, and importantly it is letting other companies use the MEB toolkit including Ford and Fisker to launch unique vehicles.
Regardless, what we know for sure about the Tesla Model 2 is that even at its affordable price point, it will offer the full self driving pack (Tesla Autopilot) bringing autonomous features to a wide audience. This was confirmed by Musk at the Battery Day event, where he stated the company was confident on making a fully autonomous 25,000$ Tesla model in three years.
While the Tesla news sites on the internet speculate if the Model 2 could feature a sedan or crossover-SUV bodystyle, its manufacturing could take place at both Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai and Tesla Gigafactory Berlin.
Coming to its battery, the Tesla Model 2 is expected with the new Iron-based battery which promises long cycle life. Further, the shift from Nickel to Iron for its entry Tesla future cars indicate the company is keen on lowering the cost of its battery pack. An Iron base (which is more abundant as compared to Nickel) would mean Tesla would have fewer supply constraints as with Nickel, though Musk indicated he has urged mining companies to produce more of the material.
The Tesla LFP battery (Lithium Iron Phosphate) with its long cycle life would be an integral part of the Tesla Robotaxi too, where a long cycle life is paramount for the application. The Robotaxi could be a derivative of the Tesla Model 2 with some luxury/convenience features cut down. Since Tesla is already on track to launch its Model 3 with a LFP battery in China this year, the company could gather essential insights of this battery pack for its use in the mass market Tesla Model 2 three years from now.
Keeping inline with this estimate, Musk stated that the company (Tesla stock has risen 400 per cent this year) will be worth more in five years.
What is the Tesla Model 2 release date?
The Tesla Model 2 (name: TBA) is expected to launch in late 2023.
Which electric cars are considered as Tesla Model 2 rivals?
The Tesla Model 2 will challenge the Nissan Leaf and the VW ID.3.
What is the estimated Tesla Model 2 price?
The Tesla Model 2 is expected to start at 25,000 USD.