The future for cars will not be driven by gas, diesel or electric powertrains, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Monday.
Musk said the company will eventually offer electric cars with more than a quarter of a million miles on the road, including plug-in hybrids, all-electric trucks, vans, SUVs, and sport utility vehicles.
The company is developing the Model 3, a high-end luxury car with a price tag of more than $100,000.
Musk said the Model S sedan will be a model for a future when electric cars are more commonplace, and the Model X crossover will be an alternative to SUVs and trucks.
Tesla will likely sell about 1.5 million Model 3 vehicles this year, Musk said, and it’s looking to make another 500,000 this year.
Musk also said the next-generation Model S is expected to be ready by late next year.
Musch said he’s excited about electric cars in general, but he believes electric vehicles are particularly attractive to women.
He said he has never met a woman who hasn’t had an electric car.
Tesla has had trouble with female customers, and a large number of them have been unhappy with the performance of the Model Y, a mid-sized sedan it introduced last year.
A recent survey showed Tesla’s female customers were unhappy with how the car performed, and Musk said that has changed.
Musker also said he thinks the Model T, the SUV that’s the most talked about luxury car in the world, will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show this month.
Musk was asked about Tesla’s plans to expand to more markets in the United States.
He didn’t specifically mention North America.
The company is currently testing a $2,000 Model X SUV at its Fremont, California factory, and plans to unveil the vehicle later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.
Tesla also has a factory in Reno, Nevada, and is working on a small electric bus.