In a recent interview with Germany’s Manager Magazin Online, Tesla Motors’ Chief Designer Jerome Guillen made the comment that the company is aiming to build and sell at least 500,000 EVs a year by the year 2020.
While this certainly isn’t the first time that one of Tesla’s higher-ups have made such a bold statement (Elon Musk, I’m looking at you), the comment is well worth taking note of. It reiterates a very bold plans.
Amongst the other interesting comments made by Guillen in the interview, is the fact that there will never be any hybrids or gasoline-using vehicles produced by the company (not really a surprise — “No Compromises,” as Guillen put it); that of all of Tesla’s competitors in the industry, Guillen is probably most impressed by BMW’s i line of vehicles — the i3 and i8, specifically; and that he would love for Tesla to have more (and stronger) competition — as Elon Musk’s whole goal in creating the company was to spur the transition to a “sustainable transportation concept.”
Humorously, Guillen offered “No comment” when asked about his former employer, Daimler, unloading its Tesla stocks. “Please understand that I am — on the subject can not comment,” as he put it. 🙂
Not that you need to this interview to get excited about Tesla’s immediate future — the Gigafactory and the Model X SUV can certainly do that for you themselves — but it does seem a good reminder of how interesting the next year or two looks to be for the company. Keep an eye on the stock…. That’s my advice.