Tesla’s Elon Musk Hints at Second Part of “Top Secret Masterplan”

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Sunday to announce that the second part of the “Top Secret Master Plan” will be published soon. The tweet of a new long-term plan from Musk comes at a time the EV automaker faces adversity. Two crashes involving a Model S and Model X are being investigated by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and a few weeks ago Musk made public his intention to merge Tesla with solar panel maker SolarCity, a move that’s received some negative responses.

While Musk’s tweet doesn’t reveal much, it echoes a blog entry posted in August 2006 titled, “The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me),” according to The Detroit Bureau. During that time, Tesla was working on its first vehicle, the all-electric roadster, but that original plan revealed the EV maker’s intentions to produce the Model S and a smaller four-door vehicle that eventually became the Model 3, which will arrive sometime in late 2017.

Working on Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2. Hoping to publish later this week.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2016

Last week, a Model X crashed on the Pennsylvania turnpike and the owner told the police officer that arrived on scene that the vehicle was in Autopilot mode. NHTSA has said that it’s investigating the accident to see if semi-autonomous features were in use but Tesla has released a statement saying that it doesn’t believe Autopilot was at fault. The latest accident comes after NHTSA revealed it was investigating the May 7 accident involving a Tesla Model S that killed the driver while it was in Autopilot.

Musk also serves as chairman and principal shareholder of SolarCity, which Tesla proposed to buy, and believes it will help the automaker enter the market for creating homes and business that use sustainable energy. This proposal has gained some criticism particularly from Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates who called it a “shameful example of corporate governance at its worse.”

Source: Reuters, The Detroit Bureau