Tesla 3rd Gen Car Gets A Name – Tesla Model III; Roadster To Get Upgrade To 400 Miles
The most anticipated electric car on the planet is Tesla’s 3rd generation car.
And it has had a few working names over the past few years; BlueStar, Model E. But Auto Express has heard directly from Tesla Motor’s CEO Elon Musk what the car will officially be called:
The Tesla Model III … or Model 3 if you will.
It turns out that the original plan was indeed to go with the Model E…which would have spelled out “SEX” if you included it with the current Model S and shortly upcoming SUV based on the same platform Model X, but Ford’s legal team put an end to that. Still, “S3X” is still in play!
Reports Mr. Musk via Auto Express:
“We had the model S for sedan and X for crossover SUV, then a friend asked what we were going to call the third car. So I said we had the model S and X, we might as well have the E.
“We were going to call it model E for a while and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E – I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name. The new model is going to be called Model III, we’ll have three bars to represent it and it’ll be S III X!”
The Tesla Model III is expected to debut in 2017 on an all-new, smaller platform. Among the car’s features will be a 200 mile range and a price-point starting in the mid $30,000 dollar range.
The Tesla CEO didn’t stop there when it came to new information, Mr. Musk also stated that the current Tesla Roadster will be offered a “range upgrade” package soon that will see the existing (up to) 244 mile range expand to about 400 miles!
“The Roadster had an old generation battery. We’ll upgrade it to a new generation battery pack and it should have a range of about 400 miles, which will allow you to drive from LA to San Francisco non-stop.”