Elon Musk mentions Tesla electric bus in tweet but quickly deletes it – Electrek
Elon Musk mentions a potential Tesla electric bus in a new tweet that he later deleted – sparking discussions about the possibility of a new Tesla vehicle.
As we reported yesterday, The Boring Company applied for permits to start expanding its ‘Loop’ at the Las Vegas Convention Center to the rest of the city of Las Vegas.
The company already reported that it plans to use Tesla vehicles inside the system of tunnels to transport passengers at high-speed between stations.
However, the Boring Company keeps using images of a higher passenger density vehicle in renders for the project – leading some to believe that Tesla is building a new vehicle for the project.
This morning, Musk reiterated that the project will “basically” just consist of “Teslas in tunnels”:
When asked if they still had plans for a higher passenger density vehicle in a follow up tweet, Musk answered “we will make a dense Tesla if it matters” in a comment that he quickly deleted:
“We will make a dense Tesla if it matters. Maybe just better to have more tunnels though. There is no practical limit to tunnel count. Increased traffic due to “induced demand” is the second dumbest theory I’ve ever heard after homeopathy!”
This idea of a Tesla vehicle with a higher passenger density, basically a bus, has been mentioned several times by Musk in the past.
In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.
Tesla did end up unveiling the Tesla Semi, the “heavy-duty truck,” but it never unveiled a vehicle for “high passenger-density urban transport.”