If any normal human told you that he or she was going to unveil a “Master Plan,” you’d turn your mouth hole directly at their face and chortle so hard the Joker would look at you funny, right? But the man with the plan in this case is definitely no mere mortal—seriously, he’s ready to merge with computers—and he’s already delivered on astoundingly difficult goals including reusable rockets that can put satellites into orbit and then re-land on drone ships out at sea, as well as cars that can nearly drive themselves.
That’s right, we’re talking about Elon Musk, and the future of his electric car company, Tesla Motors. Or should we now call it… Tesla Energy? Or Tesla self-driving taxi service? Or maybe just Stark Indus—err Tesla Industries?
Musk has been teasing his “Tesla MasterPlan Part 2” on Twitter since July 10, but now he’s finally unveiled the details of “Part Deux” (we super hope that’s a reference to Hot Shots! Part Deux). The future of the company as outlined in the blog post written by Musk himself is nothing short of… well, we’re going to try really hard not to use the phrase “world domination.”
Tesla Master Plan, Part Deuxhttps://t.co/XQeTlsoEdE
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 21, 2016
Musk states in the post that SolarCity, the company that supplies solar rooftop installations to homes—and is chaired by the Musk man—is going to be folded into Tesla, meaning that Tesla will not just sell cars, but an entire renewable energy package; i.e. you’ll be able to buy an electric car, solar panels, and a home storage battery all in one go. Pretty impressive right? But somebody better get Ron Popeil out here because wait… there’s more!
Musk also states in the post that Tesla plans on covering all “the major forms of terrestrial transportation.” This means that along with the already deployed Model S sedan, Model X SUV, and forthcoming Model 3, Tesla also plans on building “a future compact SUV… a new kind of pickup truck… heavy-duty trucks… [and a] high passenger-density urban transport.”
Musk also outlines what we’ve known was coming for some time now: fully autonomous Teslas. The Model 3 is likely to have the ability to be fully autonomous, and it sounds like Musk plans on having shipping trucks and buses that won’t require a pair of meat mittens at 10 and 2 either.
On top of all that, with this post Musk has also essentially fired a salvo across the bows of Uber and Lyft, stating that Tesla will have a “shared fleet” of self-driving cars. Which is probably great for safety, convenience, and also people who never know what to say to an Uber driver besides “so… how do you like driving for Uber?”
But forget about driving for Uber (seriously), and tell us how you like Musk’s Master Plan Part Deux in the comments below!
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