Elon Musk teases ‘unexpected’ new Tesla to be revealed next week

Elon Musk teases 'unexpected' new Tesla to be revealed next week

Tesla boss Elon Musk has created an online frenzy after tweeting that his car company would be revealing an ‘unexpected’ product on 17 October.

Musk, who is no stranger to hype, said that the launch will be ‘unexpected by most’ – triggering online speculation that it could be anything from an autonomous motorbike to a personal quadcopter.

Other suggestions for what the surprise unveiling could be include an electric van, an automated ‘snake’ charger which plugs into the car automatically, and even flying suits.

The unveiling will be made ahead of a solar roof created in partnership with another one of Musk’s companies, SolarCity. This will come with an integrated Tesla charger allowing owners to charge their car using sunlight gathered by their home.

The US carmaker revealed its affordable Model 3 electric car earlier this year, with deliveries expected to start in 2017. So far, more than 400,000 customers have left deposits for the third model in Tesla’s current line-up, following the Model S and Model X.

Tesla has attracted criticism in recent months following a number of fatal crashes involving its vehicles being used in autonomous autopilot mode. Meanwhile, more than 100 owners in Norway are claiming that the Model S P85D doesn’t accelerate as fast as its claimed 3.0 second 0-62mph time suggests.

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