From a financial point of view, this would make the most sense, especially now that micro-EVs are gaining more and more popularity. This is especially true in China, where the mini-EV Wuling Hongguang stole the best-selling EV title from Tesla Model 3 earlier this year.
Coming back to Musk’s tweet. The tweet was posted a year after the Model 3 began production and two years before Tesla announced another project – a $ 25,000 car that will be developed by its Chinese subsidiary.
While development on this project is under way at Tesla’s newly opened R&D center in Shanghai, we haven’t heard of a mini EV in a while.
In the absence of new information, let’s take a look at a set of images depicting the elusive Tesla mini EV. By TheClunkerJunker, these illustrations represent a two-door, four-seater minivan with styling inspired by the exterior of the Model Y.
This may not be the most attractive city car you’ve seen – it looks too bulging from the side and the front is not so pretty – but it has scissor doors! As for the interior, it features four separate seats, a minimalist dashboard with a massive 13-inch vertical touchscreen in the middle and an all-glass electrochromic roof.
The author of these pictures says the showroom will feature recyclable and sustainable materials made from hemp fiber, discarded milk cartons and wine corks. This virtual Tesla mini EV promises to provide ample room for four adults thanks to its stretched wheelbase, almost no bumpers and dashboard.