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Tesla is on a roll. It has two new Gigafactories under construction, beat expectations by earning solid profit for Q1 2021, and demand for its vehicles remains stronger than ever. CEO Elon Musk even believes that by 2022, the Tesla Model Y will be the world's best-selling vehicle. Not bad for a company that's been around for only 18 years and is currently the world's most valuable automaker. Once the Cybertruck and second-generation Roadster begins production, Tesla will have a nearly complete passenger vehicle lineup. We say "nearly complete" because there's one segment still missing: a van.
More specifically, a minivan. Now, we've known for almost a year Tesla is working on a commercial van but Musk has gone on record stating his desire to launch an all-electric minivan. Apparently, it's happening.
An IHS Markit industry report uncovered by Rivian Forums predicts Tesla's minivan will debut in late 2026 and it'll be built alongside the Cybertruck at the Austin, Texas facility. Reaching out directly to Tesla seeking comment is useless because it lacks a PR department, but this report's source is typically fairly accurate regarding future vehicle predictions.
In these exclusive CarBuzz renderings, the 2026 Tesla Cybervan (the name just sounds cool) could take inspiration directly from a certain polarizing truck. That's not necessarily a bad thing because Musk will surely want to avoid a traditional-looking minivan. One key goal is to maximize interior and cargo space as much as possible and this shouldn't be a problem thanks to that floor-mounted battery pack and long wheelbase.
Sliding doors and a third row of seats are minivan must-haves. The Model X's falcon door look cool but they can be problematic. A flat roof will be another bonus as it'll enable owners to attach potentially more than one cargo container for family road trips. We'd also like to see barn doors instead of a tailgate.
Even with radical styling, an AWD Tesla minivan with around 400 miles of range, plenty of power, and a smart interior layout could redefine the minivan segment forever.