Electric vehicles being the standard mode of transportation may be a ways off, but it just got a little bit closer as Elon Musk confirmed recently at the D11 Conference in California that Tesla would launch in the next 3-4 years an EV in the $30,000 to $35,000 price range.
The budget friendly model would obviously have fewer luxury features than the Model S that currently retails at $60,000 or more, but would make the quality Tesla EV engine technology accessible to many more people. Some are hesitant to go hybrid or electric due to concerns over battery quality and life, travel range, car style and looks, cost (in the case of the current Tesla S) and the general sense of having to change their driving habits or experience. Tesla is trying to change these perceptions and is doing a good job.
During the same conference Musk also announced that they have plans to triple the number of Tesla charging stations by the end of the year, essentially working to remove concerns regarding travel range and accessibility to convenient recharging stations.
In short, for the general population $30,000 to $35,000 may still be too high a price for a car, but this is a move in the right direction in terms of taking quality EVs mainstream and I welcome the news.
Image Source: Tesla Model S from TeslaMotors.com