Tesla Model A electric car: what we know so far
Will there be a Tesla Model A? Here's everything we know about what would be the smallest and cheapest electric car in the US brand's line-up...
The Tesla Model A could be the smallest and cheapest electric car in the US brand's line-up.
We say 'could' because there's been no official confirmation from Tesla about the existence of a Model A. However, there has been plenty of speculation that a more compact car is being worked on behind the scenes, fuelled by comments by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Last year, the news agency Bloomberg quoted him as saying: "In Europe, it would make sense to do a compact car." Meanwhile, at an earlier conference, Musk told investors: "The thing that bugs me the most about where we are right now is that our cars aren’t affordable enough. It would be reasonable to assume that we would make a compact vehicle of some kind and probably a higher-capacity vehicle.”
Then again, back in 2018, Musk tweeted: 'We’re working on a new Tesla mini-car that can squeeze in an adult'.
Although vague, that suggests a Citroën Ami or Smart Fortwo-sized urban runaround could in the making. The Fortwo is well priced by electric car standards but suffers from a bumpy ride and a poor range between charges. Meanwhile, the even smaller Ami is incredibly cheap by new car standards, but has a top speed of just 28mph.
As it stands, the smallest and cheapest car Tesla makes is the Model 3. That's a 4.7-metre-long saloon that starts at around £50,000.
It's clear, then, that there's a gaping hole in Tesla's model range for a smaller and cheaper electric car.
However, if the Tesla Model A does become a reality, it's likely to be at least three years away from production. That's because US brand has already confirmed that it's working on a ludicrously fast electric sports car called the Tesla Roadster (above), plus an electric pick-up truck called the Tesla Cybertruck. Both of these cars have been beset by delays and are currently slated for launches in 2023.
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