Next year, the smallest model will be unveiled by the American manufacturer, which will no longer be just a privilege for the rich.
Tesla is already making the final touches on its smallest model, with which the California company will enter a new segment, the compact hatchback. There’s a good chance the novelty will be longer-range and cheaper than the Volkswagen ID.3, so you can easily clear the market. Moreover, if the news is true, it will cost less than a one-category B-segment electric car, such as the Peugeot e-208 or Honda e. His name will most likely be Tesla 2, but no information has been released yet.
“One of the things that worries us is that we don’t have a really affordable car, which is why it’s one of the things that will change in the future. However, to achieve this, we need cheap batteries, “Elon Musk said at last year’s Battery Day.
According to Autocar, Tesla will be able to sell the car cheaply because its self-developed, new-generation, now non-columnar battery cell makes production 50 percent cheaper and also has a high energy density.
It is expected that the cheapest version, 25 thousand dollars (7.35 million forints), will also have a range of 400 km, which is 50 more than the cheapest VW ID.3 can. This is likely because Musk said last year that “a range of less than 250 miles (400 km) is unacceptably low, such electric cars do not meet Tesla’s standard of excellence.”
In Europe, little Tesla will be a little more expensive, it is estimated that from 23 thousand euros, ie approx. The price list will start from HUF 8 million, but it will still cost half as much as the cheapest Model 3, which has been one of the continent’s most popular electric cars since its release in 2019.
The shape of the Tesla Model 2 is also expected to evoke the Model 3, but the dimensions will be smaller and give it a hatchback body instead of a hatchback, which is common in the C-segment. The European versions will be produced in one place with the Model 3 and Model Y in the new factory with a capacity of 500,000 per year in Berlin from 2022, but market launch is not expected until the first half of 2023.