Mr Elon Musk has confirmed during the conference on the new quarterly figures that Tesla’s focus is now on the development of a new platform for smaller electric cars. The goal with Tesla’s third platform, following those for the Model S/X and Model 3/Y, is to halve costs. Mr Musk said “The next-generation vehicle will cost about half of the 3/Y platform and will be smaller. I think it will certainly exceed the production of all the other vehicles combined.” Mr Musk had already declared it a major goal in the past to make electric cars cheaper. There have already been countless design sketches of the 25,000-dollar Tesla by fans and the media, and there has also been speculation about possible model names such as Model 2 or Model Q – and about LFP batteries from BYD. At the beginning of the year, however, Musk surprisingly announced that Tesla was not currently working on the entry-level Tesla because it had too much to do. So the current announcement is a kind of retreat to retreat. Instead of getting cheaper, Tesla’s prices have risen recently due to supply chains, inflation and demand. The new platform – however much smaller it will be – is intended to be able to build cars for half the cost with half the labour on half the factory space. At least that is the plan. In the US, the base price for the Model 3 is currently around USD 48,500, in Germany, it is 52,890 euros before subsidies.