Tesla is an automaker that is always in the headlines. Sometimes it’s for the brand’s great electric vehicles and wild concepts, sometimes it’s for the silly antics of its self-proclaimed “Technoking,” Elon Musk.
Occasionally, Musk will make an off-hand comment in an earnings report or a “Master Plan” mentioning the possibility of a Tesla van.
I’m still waiting, Elon.
Musk said the following as part of the Tesla Master Plan Part 2 in 2016: “In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport. Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year.”
What exactly “high passenger-density urban transport” means is a little unclear, but it sure sounds like he’s describing a van. Musk also commented in 2018 that he’d be interested in working with Mercedes-Benz on an electrified Sprinter, but that never materialized.
More recently in the Tesla Q4 2020 earnings report, Musk said “Tesla is definitely going to make an electric van at some point.” He went on to describe the challenges of scaling production, and when the van would arrive is a question of when the right batteries would be available for such a people mover.
And so we wait.
You might be wondering why I — or anyone — would want a Tesla van. Tesla is on a roll with making all-around excellent electric sedans and crossovers. Why can’t I settle for one of those? It’s because I love the Honda Odyssey I currently drive and my fourth child is due in a few months. Minivan life is awesome.
I love the convenience of power sliding doors. I love having third-row seating my family can actually use. A minivan is better than a 3-row crossover in every way unless you think midsize crossovers look really cool compared to a more practical minivan.
So I can’t gripe too much about my Odyssey because I genuinely love it. However, the idea of Tesla propulsion, style, and technology in the form of a van sounds like the ultimate family hauler. Sure, there’s the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and the new hybrid-only Toyota Sienna, but I think they could use some all-electric competition and I think Tesla is the brand to deliver it. Find a Tesla for sale