Tesla doesn’t waste time and it expands its portfolio, building different types of cars, for all tastes. Recently, the company has announced that it will invest in electric trucks and buses, besides car sharing and solar energy systems, but that’s not all. According to Jason Torchinsky of Jalopnik, the American automotive and energy storage company is planning to build a minibus that will look like the original Volkswagen Kombi/Transporter and will use the Model X chassis.
Torchinski has even used his imagination to create a concept of the rumored vehicle and instead of X’s falcon wing doors, he added sliding minivan style doors. At the beginning of July, Elon Musk co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, has included the minibus idea in his Master Plan Part Deux, and he said that “With the advent of autonomy, it will probably make sense to shrink the size of buses and transition the role of bus driver to that of fleet manager.
Traffic congestion would improve due to increased passenger areal density by eliminating the center aisle and putting seats where there are currently entryways, and matching acceleration and braking to other vehicles, thus avoiding the inertial impedance to smooth traffic flow of traditional heavy buses. It would also take people all the way to their destination. Fixed summon buttons at existing bus stops would serve those who don’t have a phone. Design accommodates wheelchairs, strollers and bikes.”
Musk would definitely like the idea to build a Tesla submarine based on the Lotus used in the James Bond movie, and that’s why he has inspired to include “easter eggs” in the center display of the Model S and Model X vehicles. On the other hand, Volkswagen could re-introduce a modern version of the original Transporter, as in January, at the Consumer Electronics Show, the company has showcased its BUDD-e concept, but most likely, Tesla wouldn’t want to wait until Volkswagen will release its new car and will bring the minibus earlier.