By 2017 Elon Musk has promised that Tesla Motors will roll out an electric sedan with a 200-mile range and a price of around $35,000. Designed to compete with the BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-Class, a recent trademark application for the name “Model E” may indicate the name of this new, mass-market sedan.
Filed on August 5th, the Model E trademark seems most likely to be applied to Tesla’s next sedan, but it could also be for the Model S-based crossover also said to be in the works. Rumor has it that a Tesla Roadster replacement called the Model R is also in the works, and Tesla first announced the Model X SUV last year. Sensing a pattern here? Hell, we even made our own contribution, a Tesla Truck we dubbed the Model U, and other artists have come up with sketches for a Model C compact, among other things.
While it may not be the most original naming scheme, the affordable electric sedan, codename Blue Star, is arguably even more important to Tesla than the launch of the Model S. Elon Musk obviously has grand intentions for his electric automaker, and by 2016 Tesla could have as many as five models (two sedans, a crossover, a SUV, and a new sports car) for sale.
That’s a tall order for a new car company, and the application Model E name is pure speculation for the time being. But Musk is known to drop hints here or there in his many speeches, so keep those ears open. Who knows what he might let slip?
Source: Green Car Reports