Tesla Motors’ slowly expanding lineup will include three models by 2014. The original Tesla Roadster, the Model S sedan and the Model X CUV. But for one independent designer that’s not enough. Dejan Hristov has taken it upon himself to imagine what a smaller city car from Tesla might look like.
The versatile design of the Tesla C Concept means that despite its small size, just 3.85 metres (12.6 feet), the car can carry four passengers and an assortment of cargo. At the rear of the vehicle a clever pull-out drawer can be used to carry bulky or awkwardly shaped items on the outside of the car. The large electrically-powered sliding doors of the car move forward to allow entry and exit, and when open they provide unhindered access while also remaining close to the body – ideal for tight parking spaces.
The exterior design of the Tesla C Concept reminds me a little of the Honda CR-Z, especially that truncated rear. There are plenty of feature lines throughout the bodywork which provide plenty of shadows and highlights to the paintwork. In order to help keep the cosy interior light and bright, Hristov has given the car a panoramic glass roof to allow plenty of natural light inside.
Naturally the Tesla C Concept features an electric drivetrain. Hristov doesn’t go into much detail, however he naturally envisages an updated and higher kW-hour capacity lithium-ion battery than currently used by Tesla.
As well as the standard Tesla C Concept, Hristov has also developed sketches of a higher performance Tesla C GT model. This car features a bigger battery/electric motor combination, as well as wider arches, bigger wheels and different front and rear bumpers.
Personally I think its a clever concept. It fills a gap left in Tesla’s range, and the GT model looks especially appealing.
Source: Dejan Hristov