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Published on November 7th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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The Tesla Model C: Unofficial, But Really Cool Looking

Tesla Motors is keeping its cards close to its chest in regards to future vehicles. While CEO Elon Musk has dropped hints here and there, including an all-electric supercar and a BMW 3-series fighter, we’re mostly left to our own devices to wonder what Tesla has planned. That has led some would-be car designers to fill in the blanks, and one in particular stood out to me. Meet the compact Tesla Model C.

The Tesla Model C is the brainchild of Derjan Hristov, who envisions the Model C as Tesla’s entry into the affordable compact car market. While Tesla has just rolled out its first mainstream vehicle, the Model S sedan, eventually they’ll have to try and break into the compact market if they want to make headway in the competitive automotive market.

Hristov envisions a compact hatchback with automatic sliding doors, a nifty feature that really hints at the hopefulness of this concept. That said, if Tesla were to build a compact EV like this, and gave it rear-wheel drive I could totally dig it.

The rear bumper doubles as a slide-out trunk, offering extra cargo space for this compact city car. While it seats just two, I think the sporty nature of this little EV could make it a popular seller for Tesla. That is, if Tesla were to embrace such an independent design. For now, the only future model we know Tesla is working on is the Falcon-wing Model X SUV.

Whatever Elon Musk has planned for his electric car company, it had better be as eye-catching as Hristov’s design if he hopes to wrestle away market share from conventional automakers.

Source: CarScoop




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  • Doug B

    “While it seats just two”, images show that it seats at least on in back, so think this is intended to be a 4 seater.

  • Doug W

    The swooshes indented into the sides probably adds drag. How about trying to figure out how to make covered rear wheels look cool? That would reduce drag.

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  • QKodiak

    I’m not sure how old this post is, but Tesla’s Model E is supposed to be a BMW 3-series beater, NOT a Nissan Leaf, Chevy Spark, or BMW i3 competitor; which this thing looks like.

    Competitors will include the Cadillac ATS, Audi A4, Lexus IS-line, Mercedes C-class, Volvo S60, and Acura TL.

    It will have four doors. It probably will have a similar sedan/hatchback design of the Model S. It will be 80% smaller than the Model S, and because of that, will handle better, be more efficient, and need fewer batteries to go the same distance. It will have the best cargo space and safety in its class. It’s going to start at $35,000 presumably after the $7,500 tax credit, and I estimate will go up to 60,000 like the BMW 335i, with a maxed out Performance edition topping $70,000 (BMW M3 top 80k).

    It will be the first Tesla that I (and many other fans) can afford and plan to buy.

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