Model X platform might solve public transport
Elon Musk has a bold new plan for the future of public transport. A Tesla Minibus could arrive by 2017 on the Model X platform.
The Tesla Model X platform might have more than one use. Engaged in a conversation over Twitter, Elon admitted that an electric cargo van in the same vain as the evergreeen Ford Transit would probably make sense in European and American markets.
Musk’s plans for his all-electric car company were outlined in a press conference last month but essentially focused on autonomous driving and a brazen solution to the public transport sector. He hinted that a Tesla Minibus was a possibility – another vehicle to be birthed off the Model X platform.
“Heavy duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport”, as Musk puts it, could be ready by 2017 and like the passenger cars will have the latest evolution of autonomous driving.
But perhaps Musk’s boldest plan is how he plans to catapult car sharing into the new age. Rather than sit outside owners’ homes or at their workplace, they could be called into far more useful action and returned safely.
“Since most cars are only in use by their owner for 5% to 10% of the day, the fundamental economic utility of a true self-driving car is likely to be several times that of a car which is not,” said Musk.