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Tesla Model 2 New Rendering: 5-Door Compact and Higher Driving Position

I have been thinking through the Tesla Model 2 and its compact design, but after watching a YouTube video about it and reacting negatively I photoshopped a Tesla into a Zoe footprint and deigned my own concept of the Model 2 compact Tesla.

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After I bought my first electric car, I became interested in the future of EV technology. There was one company that was clearly further along that future path and the name of the company is Tesla. Like a lot of people, I wondered why Tesla did not make a more affordable car. After all, 45K is a big chunk of change and it’s much easier to sell high volumes of a product if everyone can afford it! Right?

It didn’t take me long to figure out why Tesla do not. Like all electric vehicle companies, the company was supply-constrained by batteries (although, Tesla seems to be free from battery constraints now). If you can sell every expensive car you make, there is no point leaving money on the table by making a cheap one. The battery supply constraint problem meant that business had no choice but to focus on the top-end of the market.

But thinking about the future, at some point, that constraint will go away.

Tesla’s recent battery day brought everything into focus. If the company could solve both the supply problem and reduce the cost of production, then it will be free to go after all parts of the market. I was interested what that mean in terms of an affordable city car. The sort of cars that sell in big numbers in Europe. The sort of car I would probably buy.

There are a lot of YouTubers covering Tesla, and I watched a video from a channel called “Dr. Know It All.” In one episode, the presenter had come up with a design for a Model 2. It was a sort of mini four-door Cyber truck, with the rear two passengers facing backwards and luggage space between the seats. I like the channel, but this idea was way too out of left-field.

Other people have been thinking about the compact Tesla Model 2 as well. On the web there are some really nice renderings. These tend to be very sleek with low roofline and look like sports cars. But sports cars have barely any carrying space. They look cool, but a mass market vehicle needs more practicality. Here is one of them.

Tesla Hatchback Model 2 ConceptTesla Hatchback Model 2 Concept Circulating on The Internet

We already know what an electric super-mini should look like. The Renault Zoe is Europe’s best selling electric vehicle. It is not perfect, but the basics are obviously sound. The Zoe formula is:

• A 5-door compact hatchback. With good interior volume for 4 adults and a decent amount of trunk-space.
• A 50 kwh battery pack offering around 240 miles of range.
• A higher driving position improving visibility and making room for the battery.

If Tesla were to take that form factor and improve the engineering we might also see

• A better drive train, with higher top speed and acceleration.
• The Tesla single-screen driver interface.
• Better autonomous driving options.
• Perhaps a rear wheel drive (like the Honda E) affording a better turning circle.

If Tesla could build such a car, it would be better than the Zoe in pretty much every metric. Faster, more nimble, with quicker charging, smarter electronics - and if the battery problem is solved, it would be cheaper too.

So I thought it would be fun to visualize what that would look like in a potential Tesla Model 2. I took two images, a Zoe and a Model Y, and used Affinity Photo to graft and warp the Tesla design language onto the Zoe body shape. When it started to look like a vehicle, I took the image in to Procreate on the iPad and painted in the gaps. And because this was literally amateur hour car design, I spent about an hour doing it.

Glyn Williams Tesla Model 2 ConceptGlyn Williams Tesla Model 2 Concept.

I suspect the designers at Tesla Berlin (or wherever it gets done) will do a much better job. But that said, I would buy a car that looked like this.

In September 2020, Tesla announced an upcoming $25,000 electric car enabled by its new battery cell and coming within the next three years. Many people think it will be called the Model 2. The question is also what kind of car the Tesla Model 2 will be. ?Will it be close to the size of a Golf and what will the quality of the ride be and what will it have of tech? And will the Tesla Model 2 be able to drive autonomously which is a big advantage for many Tesla owners and enthusiasts?

Glyn Williams is a Tesla enthusiast and a game developer who has been publishing games since the 1980s. He is married with two adult children and a cat. You can follow Glyn's Tesla and Technology tweets at @Carniphage.

Reviewed by Armen Hareyan who is the founder and the Editor in Chief of Torque News. He founded in 2010, which since then has been publishing expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News Twitter, Facebok, Linkedin and Youtube.

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Chris (not verified)    December 5, 2020 - 1:10AM

This Model 2 looks like a Tesla Bolt. Also, the side looks like 3 series IMO and the back end looks like a Ford Focus.

Alan (not verified)    December 5, 2020 - 1:12AM

Tesla should design something more stylish. It would be great if this Model 2 design is more like a hot hatchback like focus RS, Civic Type R.

Scrap (not verified)    December 5, 2020 - 1:13AM

I think the Tesla Model 2 will be of a Cybertruck style design, but for a car. Cheaper to build, no paint shop, no panel press.

Andy (not verified)    December 5, 2020 - 1:14AM

Elon Musk has a great sense of what people will salivate over. The Model 2 will not be anything like this rendering of a 1990s era design for pensioners. Think outside the box desirability and aspirational design!

William Pearce (not verified)    December 5, 2020 - 11:16AM

The front end on your concept and Tesla's other models could use improving. Looks like a pair of puckered lips to me. Take out the center crease and wah-lah.

Moe (not verified)    December 6, 2020 - 7:43AM

It looks fine except PLEASE stop with the low profile tires !!! The loss in ride quality is never worth appearing slightly better in pictures.

Cars are to drive, not gape at the rims in photoshoots. The few who want these type tires are willing to pay aftermarket.

Jamie (not verified)    December 6, 2020 - 12:40PM

The render here looks like a bubble version of a Fist 500. Hopefully Tesla will some up with something which looks less generic and more modern. If they want to make it sell they probably need to make it ride higher, although I hate that idea. Seems like Tesla don't have a problem selling cars anyway, but hopefully it will have some style and not look like a Smart.

TEAser (not verified)    December 6, 2020 - 9:06PM

"he is married with two adult children and a cat"
Didn't know you could be married with 2 adult children and a cat.

It should have been:
"he is married, with two adult children and a cat"
Or better:
"he is married and has two adult children and a cat"

Owen Harald Morgan (not verified)    December 7, 2020 - 12:20AM

These renderings are a total waste of time. As we saw from the Cybertruck launch, none of the renderings were even close. By all means create an image of your fantasy vehicle, but don't call it a Tesla. This looks to boring to be a Tesla anyway. It looks like an old compact Hyundai without a grille (from before they started making anything nice).

Northwolf (not verified)    December 7, 2020 - 1:15AM

I am happy that you don't work as a car designer, you probably wouldn't get a job haha sorry man, stick to being an author instead :)

Chris Haines (not verified)    December 7, 2020 - 12:18PM

Great analysis. Agree that logistics are what stand in the way of mass market and Tesla can now look to that space. The Standard Range was meant to be a city commuter car, but was still a bit pricey. I don't love the look of your render, but know Elon will make it sexier. Perhaps 2 SEXY-er...

Ray (not verified)    December 7, 2020 - 12:27PM

Tesla's version is the most likely version that will be produced , your Zoe comparison is way off and it looks hideous