It’s been nearly a half year since Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed during a quarterly earnings call that the next vehicle after the Model 3 will be the company’s Model Y compact SUV. One might recall that Tesla previously revealed its plan to broaden consumer reach beyond the premium sedan and SUV segment by producing a compact SUV “; thus, completing its S-E-X-Y line up.
Being the natural successor and “the obvious priority after the Model 3″, said Musk during a Q&A call with analysts earlier in the year, Model Y will be built on top of the Model 3 platform and see projected demand of 500k to 1 million vehicles per year.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 31, 2016
Tesla has also announced its plan to venture into the mid-duty and heavy-duty truck segment by producing a Tesla pickup truck, Tesla Semi and a ‘Minibus’ based off of the Model X chassis. While Musk isn’t known for being timely and his plans, more often than not, seem lofty, one area he’s consistent on is being able to execute on these visions. And we now have a first glimpse on some of these visions coming to fruition.
All roads lead to “future Tesla vehicles”
Taking a look at recent job postings listed on Tesla’s Careers page, we can see several positions being opened at the company’s Hawthorne-based Design Studio – home base to chief designer Franz von Holzhausen and designers responsible for the creation of the Model S, Model X and Model 3.
Though the job descriptions are relatively vague and do not necessarily call out a specific model, one commonality between the roles is a reference to “design development of future Tesla vehicles”.
One can argue that this might be in reference to Model 3, however given the fact that it’s been in pencils down mode since June and the company’s actively shoring up relationships with suppliers, we can’t imagine why Tesla would just now be designing the exterior and interior of the vehicle.
As a Senior Exterior Designer at Tesla, you will be responsible for the exterior design development of future Tesla vehicles. You will be part of the team that creates and executes world-class exteriors in terms of form, function and luxury.
Using your considerable production design experience and innovative thinking, you will primarily be tasked with creating designs for future cars, but may also be called upon for other design tasks (interior, product, etc.) based on your skillset.
As a Senior Interior Designer at Tesla, you will be responsible for the interior design development of future Tesla vehicles. You will be part of the team that creates and executes world-class interiors in terms of form, function and luxury.
Using your considerable production design experience and innovative thinking, you will primarily be tasked with creating designs for future cars, but may also be called upon for other design tasks (exterior, product, etc) based on your skillset.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record of excellence and a thorough working knowledge of occupant packaging, human factors, ergonomics, and engineering design. Key objectives will be to achieve high spatial efficiency and excellent ergonomics whilst meeting all relevant legislative requirements. He/she will be a natural problem solver, intuitive 3D thinker, competent Catia V5 user, and capable of taking responsibility for the complete occupant package and ergonomic performance of future production vehicles.
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