Talks of a potential Tesla electric bus were shared by CEO Elon Musk via Twitter but were quickly deleted. However, the comment stayed up long enough for Tesla enthusiasts to begin speculating about the new vehicle.
Just yesterday Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority boss, Steve Hill, confirmed that The Boring Company has taken the first step to expand the system that will use Tesla vehicles for tunnel transportation.
So far the renderings seen from the Boring Company are of a higher passenger density vehicle causing some speculators to believe that Tesla could be building a brand new vehicle for the project. Regarding the vehicle in question, Musk took to Twitter this morning to assure the project will “basically” just consist of “Teslas in tunnels”:
Following the Tweet, Musk was asked a follow up question on whether or not the company still has plans for a higher passenger density vehicle. In a response that was deleted almost as fast as it was posted, Musk answered “we will make a dense Tesla if it matters”.
This isn’t the first time Musk has mentioned the idea of a higher passenger density Tesla vehicle. According to the Tesla Master Plan Part Deux, there are two new segments Tesla wants to electrify: “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.”
Although we have already see the Tesla Semi, there has been no sign of a vehicle for “high passenger-density urban transport.”