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Tesla D Announcement: Will New Unveiling Be a Driverless Car?

By    |   Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:00 AM

The Tesla D, a new electric vehicle, is set to be unveiled on Thursday.

The announcement comes just a week after Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk teased gearheads with a cryptic tweet about the new model.

CNET.com reported that the Tesla D might not be as new as some may hope, as there's a high probability the car will be, in essence, an all-wheel-drive version of the Model S, which was introduced in June 2012.

One source told MarketWatch.com, however, that the reveal will be a much bigger one. That source, Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research, said he thinks the "D" stands for "Driverless" after spotting a new Model S sporting a front-facing sensor parked at a restaurant just a few miles away from the company's headquarters.

Chowdhry said he unfortunately did not get to talk to the driver of the car.

Taking a guess at the "something else" Musk mentioned in his tweet, Chowdhry said he thinks it will be a prototype of the Tesla's long-promised Model 3, a mass-market sedan. After Tesla announced this summer it was planning to build a "gigafactory" in Nevada, he said the company will need a sexy new prototype to secure more investment dollars.

Last but not least, Steve Burns, the CEO of an electric truck manufacturer in Cincinnati, told Business Insider that the "D" is the Roman numeral for "500," and that Tesla will release a new electric vehicle with a 500-mile range. That should give Chevrolet's newly announced 200-mile electric vehicle, planned for 2016, some healthy competition.

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