NEW YORK — Tesla Motors has released the name of the Model S sedan the company says will be its first mass-market electric car to be named “Pilot by the Year” for the upcoming National Auto Show in Detroit.
In an email to customers, Tesla said the name will be revealed on the Model 3 launch in early 2018.
“The name of this model is Pilot by the day,” Tesla said in a statement.
Tesla said the new model will be powered by an 80 kWh battery pack, a combination of the smaller battery packs used in the Model X, Model 3, and Model S, and a larger lithium-ion battery pack used in its Tesla Powerwall electric vehicles.
“Pilot is a simple but memorable name for a new Tesla product,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in the email.
The Model S has received mixed reviews from consumers and media for its design, but the company is hoping to be a leader in the field of electric cars by offering affordable electric and plug-in hybrid cars with an appealing price tag.
According to a study by the U.S. government, the average price of an electric vehicle in the U and the world is currently around $35,000, with the average cost for a plug- in hybrid car in the world at $52,000.
Tesla has said it expects the Model 4 to be the company’s first mass market car, and it has also launched an all-electric SUV, the Model E, that could be the first all-new electric vehicle on the market.
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