Elon Musk has given us some idea of what they are.
Consumers and auto industry pundits alike will be watching closely over the next year-and-a-half as Tesla builds an all-new factory in Austin, Texas for the production of the Model 3 sedan, the Model Y crossover, and most importantly, the Tesla Cybertruck. The company is hoping it can bring its factory online and get it fully operational by the end of 2021.
But besides the next-generation Roadster, what else does Tesla have in the works? With two sedans, two crossovers, a pickup truck, and a super-high-performance halo car, won't the Tesla lineup be pretty near full?
In a recent conference call with investors and analysts this week, after revealing Tesla's surprise profit for the second quarter of the year, CEO Elon Musk remarked rather vaguely that the company's mid-term future will likely involve "a compact car of some kind and probably a higher capacity vehicle of some kind." Musk provided no timeline for the new models, saying only that they're likely things at some point."
Interestingly, Musk's comments regarding "a higher capacity vehicle of some kind" echo evidence uncovered back in June that Tesla was working on a 12-passenger van in cooperation with one of Musk's other business ventures, The Boring Company. That passenger van could easily spawn a cargo variant aimed at commercial customers.
Meanwhile, Musk's comments about a compact car recall something he said publicly back in January: that Tesla would create a new Design and Engineering Center in China to "actually design an original car in China for worldwide consumption." The car would likely be assembled there, as well, and we suspect it would undercut the mid-size Tesla Model 3 by a fair margin.
Of course, before any of this can happen, Tesla still has to get not only its Cybertruck and Roadster into production, but also its Semi - a commercial tractor unit that reentered the public consciousness after Tesla's rival Nikola, which has a zero-emission tractor unit of its own, held its IPO earlier in the year.