Submitted by bigez1 on Wed, 2013-04-03 11:54
Given Tesla’s recent efforts to increase visibility/sales, over the past few days I’ve been kicking around an idea and I’d like to get other (except one) opinions/views. It is my understanding the development time/ manufacturing cost would be “minimal” to stretch an existing platform 5 to 7 inches (perhaps I’m wrong here). This is already common practice with many luxury automakers (MB, BMW, Audi, Jag, etc.) as a way to increase profits without incurring a huge expense doing so. It appears longer version of the same car can be more desirable….. Imagine if Tesla extended (stretched) the Model S 5 to 7 inches, kept the same motor and underpinnings, but add enough cells to boost the range perhaps 50 or more EPA certified miles and only charged say an extra 10 to 12k for the “L” package. Would enough potential buyers be interested in such a vehicle to make it worth the additional upfront cost to Tesla? Is 10 to 12k too much or too little to charge? Can the Model S be extended without ruining the shape? Would the extra weight offset the performance/range benefits? After all, the Model S is already spacious and +- 250 miles per charge is plenty for most drivers. I know the “devil is in the details” and I haven’t considered every pro/con but I wanted to pose the question nevertheless. Cheers.