Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday published his second “master plan,” pulling back the curtain on his long-term plans for the electric automaker. The document comes as Tesla is being criticized over its reaction to a high-profile fatality as well as its plan to merge with residential solar firm SolarCity.
Here are the three most interesting revelations in Musk’s plan.
Tesla is planning at least four new vehicles
Tesla currently sells two vehicles: The Model S luxury sedan and the Model X luxury SUV, with the cheaper Model 3 sedan on the way. Now, Musk says at least three more are on the way, including “a compact SUV,” “a new kind of pickup truck,” a semi truck and a city bus.
Here’s Musk on that bus:
Tesla isn’t backing down from autonomous driving, despite a recent fatal incident
Tesla and Musk have come under fire after a driver was killed while using the company’s “Autopilot” feature. Autopilot can handle some highway driving, but still requires drivers to be ready to interject if needed. Some experts say that so-called “partial autonomy” is unsafe because it lulls drivers into a false sense of security.
Musk envisions a future in which Tesla owners could make money by lending their cars when they’re not being used
What remains unclear, however, is why, in a fully autonomous world, you might still own a car when accessing one could be as simple as tapping an app.
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