What will future EVs look like?

What will future EVs look like?

Now that we've seen the game changing design of the cyber truck, what will the next breakthrough design look like? In my opinion, it will look more like a cross between a stage coach and ski gondola,(a bit like Cinderella's pumpkin too) with a center door on each side with two rows of seats facing each other. One company....maybe google...has designed one already. Whether or not Tesla will be in that segment will be interesting to might remain the sexy/hip cutting edge company it is today, or it might take it's slice of the biggest market of all....autonomous, basic transportation...mostly on call....maybe with a luxury interior.

Xerogas | December 3, 2019

@hcwhy: future EVs Will all look like copies of Teslas, regardless of what designs Tesla puts out. Think of what all smartphones look like after Apple made one.

Mark K | December 3, 2019

In a recent interview, Franz von Holzhausen was asked ‘what new area intrigues you’.

To paraphrase his response - new kinds of vehicles, shaped by full autonomy.

Cinderella’s coach, in effect.

When Boring Co. tunnels crisscross a megalopolis, they won’t run trains.

They‘ll have flowing schools of driverless BEVs, carrying 2-6 passengers.

They will glide from high speed tunnel ... to doorstep, seamlessly.

What will they look like?

See above.

This is definitely on the roadmap. It’s the natural, evolutionary vision of Tesla.

And they’re singularly equipped to do it.

hcwhy | December 4, 2019

Mark....exciting stuff......even "small" things like a reduction of chemicals used to maintain roads in winter, will be a huge benefit to the ecosystem. However, I can't see tunnels too far outside of the urban environment. I'm lucky enough to have retired to a semi-tropical island where walking, bikes and electric golf carts are the main means of getting abound......the quality of life here is through the roof compared to the car dependent, suburban life I came from.

andy.connor.e | December 4, 2019

Not really sure, because no one saw this design coming. But i think this is going to break the standard designing with the curvitures and "sexy" exterior appeal with aerodynamic shapes that makes manufacturing complicated. I think we are going to see much simpler manufacturing designs, but overall orders of magnitude increased functionality, and perhaps even designs that make the vehicle last longer than 20 years like the cybertruck. The future is not sexy, the future is functionality. A car that can only last 20 years is ancient tech. A car that can last an entire lifetime is the future. Its the future of using earths resources sustainably.

BadgerErickson | December 14, 2019


Maxxer | December 14, 2019

Simplicity over classic style

blue adept | December 15, 2019

@Mark K and @hcwhy

I imagine that it will be something akin to what was visualized in the "I, Robot" sci-fi movie (with Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan) where our vehicles will travel along a subterranean highway ('lowway'?) in a perfectly orchestrated synchronicity of speed and regimented separation from other vehicles autonomously, either whisking us to the vicinity of our destinations where we'd depart the tunnel exchange for surface streets where we'd then take over control and make our way to where we were going, or perhaps even pop up at the underground parking garage of our destination.

blue adept | December 15, 2019

The Cybrtrk aside, if there is anything that Tesla has shown us thus far it is that EV's can "look" like any other car...

Any full (Model S) or mid-size (Model 3) sedan, any CUV (Model X), any sportscar (Roadster 2.0), albeit even any semi-trailer truck (Tesla Semi), all of which, in my humble opinion, are reflective of one of the core driving intentions of Tesla Motors, i.e., to show the world that we wouldn't have to sacrifice ANY of the amenities, appointments, comforts or aesthetics that we've come to be accustomed to when it came to vehicular transportation and, in particular, just how easily the engineering could be adapted to conventionally produced vehicles inasmuch as Tesla's model lineup does share an aesthetically familiar similarity to other full and mid-size sedans and cross over utility vehicles regardless of however technologically dissimilar they might be.

Tesla showed us that we didn't have to sacrifice a damn thing we've come to enjoy, appreciate, even love about our cars with the underlying point here, I think, being that future EV's can look like just anything that we might want them to, albeit with an eye towards a low drag coefficient/aerodynamics, you know, for practical reasons.

BadgerErickson | December 18, 2019

Future EVs will look like games.

hcwhy | December 18, 2019

I see there being different configurations depending on function......urban local, fast track between cities, suburban, and rural/small town.

hcwhy | December 18, 2019

I see there being different configurations depending on function......urban local, fast track between cities, suburban, and rural/small town.

blue adept | December 19, 2019
ahmadabi787 | December 20, 2019

It also referred to as an electric drive vehicle, is a vehicle that uses one or more electric motors for propulsion.
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billtphotoman | December 20, 2019

I think as batteries get less expensive and denser utility which currently takes a back seat to aerodynamics will move into the driver's seat. So, I would expect more CUV-like shapes. I am sedan guy myself and love the look of my model 3 but currently the CUV shape and form factor seems to be what people want.

bp | December 20, 2019

The biggest impact on future design could be FSD, increasing the emphasis for supporting passenger activities, with little or no support for someone inside driving the vehicle.

To support driverless operation, something like Tesla's "snake" connector or wireless charging could become standard, to allow vehicles to charge themselves.

andy.connor.e | December 20, 2019

You can build them with bigger batteries, or make them more efficient. I think they are one in the same for the goal of increasing range. A more efficient vehicle could be less expensive, maybe.

blue adept | December 20, 2019

Increasing the batteries' charge density would have the reciprocal effect of increasing the vehicle's efficiency.

Ross1 | December 21, 2019

@ Andyc:
An example of this is some current cars have a choice of 1.2 l or 2.0 l motors, the former being turbo charged and mitting more power and torque than the bigger motor.
ICE OEMs are paving the way for peops to recognise that sometimes smaller is better, if it is more efficient.
It is a grind getting V8 afficionados into a V6; I think some might go EV/Tesla/Rivian before they would go V6 or 4 cyl.
Wouldnt you think a lot of redneck/red state buyers would adopt a Cybertruck before they would take a 3 or 4 cyl dual turbo F1 engined light truck?
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hcwhy | December 21, 2019

Ross1: I assume the "redneck/red state" buyers are the deplorables Hillary talks about...the ones who live in "The Heartland" around elections but "flyover" the rest of the time.

sneazzy95 | December 30, 2019

Something simple but original, with a hint of classic