Of all of Elon Musk’s companies and plans, presently Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) seems to occupy the thoughts of the South African visionary. Granted, Tesla’s status as a Wall Street darling must certainly have something to do with it. While Musk has been the subject of numerous television and print interviews in recent weeks, it was at a recent one-hour question and answer session reminiscent of a town hall meeting that Musk suggested that a Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) truck may be in the company’s future.
In an inaugural TESLive conference setting, Musk teased us with a few more ideas for his future plans, including a Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Truck, a hidden valet mode, and upgrades for the original Tesla Roadster among other things.
Elon Musk going to road trip
The bulk of Musk’s focus is presently on the roll-out of the Model X, moving the Model S Sedan into foreign markets including China and Europe, and the addition of more Supercharger stations that will see the New York to Los Angeles road trip become a reality.
Musk suggested that he has a big announcement regarding Tesla’s first car, the roadster. Presently, Roadster owners are not able to use the company’s Supercharger stations nor the battery swapping stations that Tesla will soon be unveiling. Expect speculation to begin with the suggestion that this is set to change for roadster owners.
Elon Musk ‘valet mode’ soon available
Musk mentioned that with a software update soon to be made available, Model S owners will be able to use the existing “valet mode” to prevent any unauthorized joyriding. Musk also made the point that no one has been killed or seriously injured in a Model S collision.
The first mention of a Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) pickup truck came in the past months when Musk was talking to Texas lawmakers hoping that they would lift regulations requiring a brick and mortar dealership in order to purchase a Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) automobile in the state. Musk did in the hour long town hall session mention a pickup again saying he is “keen” on the idea and that the capabilities of a Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) truck, and that the key to building such a vehicle is a suspension that can optimize distribution of the payload.