Tesla to launch an SUV, MPV and commercial vehicle based on the Model S platform | Rpmgo.com

Posted on 2-10-2009 by Andrey

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After revealing yesterday that it will try to create its own infrastructure to swap out and recharge batteries for future customers of the 2011 Tesla Model S, the US company has now revealed, through the voice of its brand development executive Diarmuid O’Connell, that it is preparing three more models based on the S’ platform, including an SUV, an MPV and even a commercial vehicle.

All of these new models will join the already-launched Roadster model and the future under-$30,000 hybrid that the company has revealed a few months ago.

Now you might be inclined to ask just where does Tesla have all the money to fund these projects? Well it seems that it is just taking it out from the US tax payers, as the government’s department of energy has issued a grant totaling $465 million in order to continue development of new electric models. From them, $365 million will be used to finalize the Model S and the other will be invested in an engine facility in California.

This also goes hand in hand with Tesla’s plans to become the premiere electric engine and technology supplier for other automakers, as Daimler already partnered with it for the Smart ForTwo Electric

Would such models like a fully-electric crossover or an MPV attract your attention? What other versions should Tesla look into? Don’t be afraid to leave a comment.

Source: Automarket