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Tesla Minibusses or vans

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by yngwie_2012, May 24, 2014.

  1. yngwie_2012

    yngwie_2012 Member

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    Hey all,

    i was wondering and asking myself whether Tesla ever will build electric vans and busses, for example like the mercedes viano. What do you all think?

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    Elon has stated that if it has wheels he intends to make it eventually. I'm sure vans would be pretty close to the top of the list.
     
  4. Saghost

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    The existing powertrain seems quite adequate to the purpose, and Tesla has talked on various occasions about the flexibility of their 'skateboard' platform.

    I have no reason to think they plan to do it anytime soon, but it seems like it would be fairly easy for them to do.
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  5. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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    Step 2b: get the Model X completed
    Step 2c: refine 4WD control system
    Step 3.1: Gigafactory
    Step 3.2: Gen 3
    Step 4.1: Gen 4
    Step 4.2: Everything else.

    I think they have enough to worry about.
     
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    My guess is that the model x is designed to fill that niche for the foreseeable future. It is possible that at some point they'll add something more van like, but with everything else on their plate I don't see it happening any time soon.
     
  7. dsm363

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    They might simply provide power trains for someone else to do that. Good idea though.
     
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    That is a great idea. Maybe the best one I have heard. The rest of the industry can just use Tesla's Skateboard design and powertrain. Licence it to everyone who does not invest enough in EV tech. I think the rest of the industry could build some pretty compelling cars if they had that to work with. It could really speed up getting the entire fleet to electric. I would love for Tesla to do this one day.
     
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    A Tesla van would become the new-age VW bus. I can see families and friends taking it cross country, would be so awesome! We'll see what's in store for the near future.
     
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    I think there is already a solution for that. Check out "Swiss Room Box":
    SwissRoomBox packs a whole vacation into a box that can fit in a Fit. : TreeHugger

    Quite honestly, I am entertaining myself with this idea of living in the car like that. Previously I thought of renting a parking spot near a gym so that I could take shower there. With this innovation AND automatic climate control in electric vehicles we all can be hippies year around even in cold climates... ;-)

    Furthermore, once self-driving technology gets fully developed, you wouldn't even need to fly on airplanes. You can plan a trip within a week notice or less (which is usually when airplane tickets get expensive). Just hop in the car and drive day & night from coast to coast. That would be super-convenient and still not draining your body.
     

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