Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an interview published on Wednesday that his company is “working on a future that people don’t want to wait for.”
“We’ve got a lot of people who are really passionate about this idea of the future that are going to want to go out and do it,” Musk said, according to Bloomberg.
“So we’re trying for people who can be excited by this idea that they can just go out there and get their hands dirty.”
Tesla CEO Elon the Tesla founder has been vocal about his desire to accelerate the advent of electric cars and the potential of their autonomous driving capabilities.
In December, Musk unveiled a Tesla Model 3, the car that will eventually become the company’s mainstay.
Tesla is also working on a new “Powerwall” energy storage system, which could provide up to 40 times the energy density of traditional batteries.
As Musk sees it, the company will also begin producing a mass-market version of its Tesla Model S sedan next year, which he hopes will sell for between $100,000 and $150,000.
With a range of 300 miles (483km), the Model 3 is a serious contender in the segment, Musk said.
“This is the closest thing we’ve ever had to a car that could go 400 miles on a charge,” Musk told Bloomberg.
“It’s got about 400 miles of range.
I think we’ve hit that point where the technology that makes it possible is pretty good.”
Tesla’s Model 3 will be the first mass-produced electric car, and it will be made in the US, not China, according Musk.
Tesla also unveiled its plans for its next autonomous vehicle prototype, the XR.
A press release announcing the XE’s launch said it was designed with “greater agility and more autonomous driving features.”
“We expect to see the XEV as a viable competitor to our competitors,” Musk added.
This would be the second time in a week that Tesla has unveiled its new electric car.
The company released a teaser video on Tuesday for the Model X, which it says will be its “ultimate vehicle.”
A Tesla spokesperson said the company had not decided on a production number for the vehicle.
Despite the excitement surrounding Tesla’s new electric cars, Musk admitted that he was unsure if he would be able to build the car himself.
“I have to be realistic and be open to it,” he said.
“We’re not going to be able, because it’s going to take a lot longer than it would be for me to build something I’ve worked on for two years and build something like this.”