Per Elon at All Things D...after tomorrow's, around June 20 is next (presumably the "fifth" in the trilogy)
Will the June 20 annoucemnet be the Al-Air swappable battery for the frunk that is "right uner your nose"?
SWAP or Cartridge
Swap seems the most likely.
First European Model S produced.
I think he is stepping down from his CEO position as Tesla and will stay on as the largest shareholder and advisor. It's my opinion that he is ready to move on to his next project since he is a serial entrepreneur.
Dpazdan, hahahahahahaha! Good joke!
He is a visionary, with big dreams, sure. His dream is to see this one through, and he won't stop until the electrification of our motoring is complete.
European options (parking sensors) available in the U.S., possibly also available for retrofit. Cost, $1,500.
Euro deliveries will be in July so that is when that announcement will happen. Battery swap he hinted that it is in the future. So I think it has to do with announcing the 3G connection plans with possible upgrade to 4G along with wi-fi activation in the car. The theme will tie in all of the connectivity advantages of the S and how this is a technological leap from every other car on the road. Possibly tied in with some of the big software upgrades we have been waiting for to demonstrate the advantage of the connectivity.
Than they better get their act together quickly with Slacker who told me today that our cars were never equipped for on-demand song playing, despite my best attempt to convince them that they were.
Merger/ takeover by Apple?
I agree with jz13, with the addition of cloud storage for our 3,000 songs.
When asked about his next venture, he said Tesla and SpaceX filled the future for him as far as he could plan and project. But I suspect the Hyperloop and electric airliner might need new companies; maybe Musk Holdings?
Wouldn't it be great if someone in Sacramento woke up and realized that the $30B they are planning on spending on the world slowest and costliest bullet train would be better spent on the hyper loop?
My bet is on wifi along with wireless data plans for the three major cellular carries in the US as the June 20 announcement.
Shop...the car is GSM, so a Sprint or Verizon data plan are extremely unlikely; AT&T and T-Mobile use different frequencies for 4G (HSPA+ and LTE), so I think we're pretty well stuck with AT&T or tethering.
shop; probably won't happen. I think Moonbeam has committed too much political capital to it.
He said in an interview today that he will not be discussing Hyperloop until after the final 6/20 announcement so that the focus stays on Tesla. He also said he doesn't have time for Hyperloop now as his main 2 goals in life are the GenIII car and SpaceX. He will share the Hyperloop idea if someone esle wants to take it up. So look for details of his idea in July.
Elon said at all things D when asked about the Hyperloop that he planned to be sticking with Tesla and Space X for a while and likely would not be able to do the Hyperloop himself but would release his ideas to the public.
That being said it sounds like he plans to stay on as CEO for a while for both companies. If he does turn Tesla over to another CEO I am guessing it will be after he ensures that the Gen 3 launch goes as planned and when he is confident that Tesla will be successful without his direct intervention.
Is this hyperloop?
jonesxander that is the general idea but he promised to release detailed information on how he thinks it will work post June 20 announcement
Some may think Elon is letting the air out of the balloon by saying not much news after 20JUN. But I think he's trying to set low expectations going into Q2 results. If he can do it, any surprise above that will set off another spat of great press and further increase sales going into the fall and 2014, etc... I think he's starting to get the hang of set up and pay off. As a result, he'll be able to control the narrative of Tesla in the news cycle for a long while... really needs to think about firing up another MS production line soon!
In the Tech Talk yesterday I heard there will be an upgrade to navigation that takes your destination, and uses information about the terrain (road slope etc.), historical wind information, traffic, as well as SC locations, to recommend the best route.
A date wasn't given, but I'm guessing June 20th will focus on improvements to the "Tech Package", including the navigation feature above, as well as perhaps WiFi and/or 4G.
It is possible that Tesla is going to be the company that implements the Hyperloop system. It kills Elon not to talk more about it because that is his really exciting new thing. He's even said in the past that Tesla doesn't like him talking about it because they don't want people to think he isn't focused on his current projects (Tesla and SpaceX). I think he might utilize technology from Tesla for a proposing a hyperloop system between LA and San Fran. Totally just an opinion here (if it's not him stepping down from the CEO position).
He'll announce child #6 is on the way, so the Model X rollout timetable has been advanced accordingly, e.g., 8 or 9 months from now. LOL
dpazdan he said at All things D that he would likely not have time to do the hyperloop himself and so he would put it out there for someone else to hopefully do.
OK, here are my thoughts (I was right with the SC-Announcement, so I hope to be right as well with June 20th):
1st Model S was delivered on 21st June 2012... so I'm sure the announcement will be about "Model S 2.0"!
What is "Model S 2.0"?
1. Bigger batterypack with approx. 120KWh (thanks to new LiIo Cells of panasonic with 57% morre energy densitiy)
2. Swappable Frunk-Pack (optional- Elon mentioned "I like optional")
Whatever it is, it has to be big. Every announcement has been bigger and if he just says "We've implemented wifi and now you get to pay for 3G", I think MS drivers will be really disappointed and stock will suffer. He's really built this one up and is giving us 3 weeks mor to speculate. It can't just be connectivity based. I don't really care about more/swappable battery, so I selfishly want parking sensors. That, however, also wouldn't be a big announcement.
I simply don't understand the amount of anguish over the lack of parking sensors. For me, no announcement about any driver assist hardware is going to be huge. I know how to parallel park, right and left, I have decent depth perception, there are really long parallel lines on most highways that assist you in staying in your lane and I can tell when I'm getting too close to the car in front of me even when I am in cruise control.
Just because other cars have had it does not mean the MS needs it. Tesla is doing something new. New means different. More money devoted to economy, anti-oil, fun and less to gadgetry for the sake of gadgetry.
500mile pack! That's it
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