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Tesla's Model C: Half The Price of Model 3 & Model Y

Tesla has been working on a model smaller than the Model 3 and Model Y for some time now. Known by mainstream media as Model C or Model 2 (names that most probably will not correspond to the final name chosen by Tesla), this vehicle will fit into segment C (that is, compact) and will apparently have a starting price of $25,000.

Elon Musk himself, CEO of the Austin, Texas firm, recently confirmed this point. "We've finished engineering the Cybertruck and Semi, so you can guess what we're working on, which is a next-generation vehicle that will cost about half the price of the Model 3 and Y. It will be smaller, to be fair, but I think it will soon surpass the production of all our other vehicles combined” the CEO stated.

“We don't want to talk about exact [launch] dates, but this [new model] is the main focus of our vehicle development team. We're going to take everything we learned from the [Model] S, X, 3 and Y, the Cybertruck and the Semi on that platform. We are trying to get to [a cost reduction] of 50% again”, Musk said.

Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Everything indicates that, at least initially, the production of the vehicle will take place exclusively at Giga Shanghai, China; however, it could later also be assembled at Giga Berlin, Germany. It is not yet clear if it will be a hatchback to use like the MG4 Electric and Volkswagen ID.3, or a rival SUV to the KIA e-Niro and MG ZS EV.

According to Elon Musk, Tesla's access model should become the best seller in its range. The Model C, or whatever its final name is, would become another step in Tesla's goal of electrifying the world and providing a more affordable, sustainable, and greener way of life to everyone.

Initially, Tesla's new electric car will use LFP (lithium iron phosphate) batteries. Although its current supplier of cells of this type is CATL, it is not ruled out that the brand may eventually turn to EVE Energy or even BYD, which could supply its advanced “Blade” batteries.

As in the more evolved versions of the Model Y, much of the Model C monocoque will be built from large castings (front and rear frames); in addition, it is expected to incorporate structural batteries with 4680 cells, which will also allow Tesla to further reduce costs and maximize the autonomy of the vehicle, which in its access variant should be around 250 miles (400 km) per charge. Being lighter and with less actual performance than the Model 3 and Model Y, it should by all means be more efficient.

Tesla Model Y, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

But just to make it even clearer, I will insist that Tesla has yet to officially launch the Model C (or Model 2), so any information regarding its price and other details are yet to be confirmed. The exact release date is also unknown.

In short, although the final price and features have not yet been officially revealed, everything indicates that "Model C” will certainly be one of the most attractive electric cars on the market, both in terms of price and performance.

Source: autoexpress

All images courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Nico Caballero is the VP of Finance of Cogency Power, specializing in solar energy. He also holds a Diploma in Electric Cars from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and enjoys doing research about Tesla and EV batteries. He can be reached at @NicoTorqueNews on Twitter. Nico covers Tesla and electric vehicle latest happenings at Torque News.


Kerry Becker (not verified)    December 16, 2022 - 11:23AM

In reply to by Shagi (not verified)

Since electric vehicles make up only about 3% of vehicles used today and these only within the last couple of please.....explain to me how they are ruining the planet. If you are speaking of battery makeup esp use of lithium, then we should probably ditch a great many of our electronics, ceramics....even medicines.
As for Tesla....I was interested in trying to buy one if Musk came out with a less expensive model, however, his antics with Twitter have turned me against that the decision. I don't support in ideology or business anyone that spreads or facilitates the spread of vicious and hateful speech. By the way.....that is my right. I will be looking to another manufacturer for my electric vehicle....and that's my right, too.

John (not verified)    December 19, 2022 - 12:39PM

In reply to by Kerry Becker (not verified)

Some people doesn’t realized elon musk is making a major difference to saving our planet with his ev cars and solar panels plus moving us to another planet to save our civilization when natural disasters strike our planet. I have supported his ideas by buying his stocks and ev car plus solar panels with his batteries storage so i had made money from the stock plus saving money on electricity for my home and business. Now he owned twitter so he helps us see bad politics trying to use data from twitter by exposing bad government propaganda after he tells us we were being deceived from account users usinf the twitter platform so he will be always a great influence person helping us. Awseome job elon musk for be a pioneer for our community of the usa and the global community visionary person foundation for your products.

Mike (not verified)    December 16, 2022 - 1:27PM

In reply to by Shagi (not verified)

So you think an ICE vehicle that pollutes during production, pollutes by design the entire time it's in use, and pollutes even after being scrapped while rotting in a junkyard somewhere is what? SAVING the planet? Within 30,000km every ton of co² created during the production of an EV has been offset by driving it. Most countries where EV's matter have switched or in the process of switching to entirely green or at least non-emitting power production. Where I live 93% of all power is derived from renewables and non-emitting with a vast surplus of power generated per year. Already in the decade where gas/coal energy production was phased out smog advisories that used to be 53 a year are reduced to zero with no shortage of grid power whatsoever.

The other thing you'll say is "lithium mining" as that's the go to for everyone afraid of change. Currently Saltan Sea is scaling up its production. This highly polluted body of water is getting tons of geothermal generation setup. The byproduct of this generation is a sludge that is full of lithium. The only byproduct of its production is liquid chlorine (which there is a shortage of currently) and hydrogen (which can be used as another source of clean burning fuel). Scaled up, it will produce the equivilent of the entire earth's current lithium production at one site and almost totally green.

But of course, that doesn't fit your narrative, so you must badmouth anything you have zero understanding of based on a couple of sites you saw with inaccurate info.

Joe (not verified)    December 15, 2022 - 1:56PM

When this car comes out it will be half the price of the model 3. What they don’t mention is that it will still cost 50k because at that point a model 3 will be 100k. When I bought my model 3 two years ago it was 35k, now they are 47k.

Enrique Comemierda (not verified)    December 17, 2022 - 7:32PM

This is great. And it is the next logical step for Tesla.
However, with the success of full solar cars such as Aptera and light-year, Tesla will find it has s new challenge and will have to compete with a full solar company car.

Let's hope so. A solar powered model 2 from Tesla will be a killer app of this new climate change age.

Anonymous (not verified)    December 18, 2022 - 3:58AM

"get to [a cost reduction] of 50% again"

You mean "cost increase". S was 60k, now over 100, 3 was 45k now 60k.

Cliff (not verified)    December 18, 2022 - 8:03AM

I would love to see a tesla with solar panels on its roof as door panels, tying into a on-board battery that will store the energy allowing for less charges and more driving

JustThinking (not verified)    December 18, 2022 - 8:07AM

I don’t get it, this car will be half the price or a model 3 AND a model Y? How’s that possible? Do they add the prices of both and then divide by two? A model 3 is $47k+ and model Y is $63k+, so this model c will be around $55k?