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Tesla chairman Elon Musk is in the news again, making small talk about three upcoming EVs. Tesla is producing two of those in conjunction with its new lifepartner, Daimler; the other it'll handle on its own.
The two Daimler projects include the already-discussed, already-seen Smart EV plug-in due in 2009, as well as a new electric vehicle that had never been mentioned in public. No details were given about that second vehicle, but Musk described both as "everyman" cars. (NB: Perhaps Mr. Musk should examine the "everyman" American waistline more closely.)
Musk also discussed the next-generation Tesla Roadster, which is currently projected to arrive around 2013. He cited his own Porsche Turbo Carrera as the inspiration for the new Roadster: "it has two backseats for my kids, otherwise I would only drive the Roadster." As a result, the new Roadster will have a back seat larger than the Carrera's, "capable of handling someone up to 5 feet 6 inches tall in comfort." We're not sure who that includes except Elon's children (who may be larger by 2013) and certain grandmothers, but whoever they are, they'll be driven in grand, zero-emissions style.