It appears that the Tesla Motors line of cars is expanding. It also appears that Tesla Motors is changing its name.
On Wednesday night, Elon Musk announced his second master plan, dubbed the “Master Plan, Part Deux,” which includes trucks and semis. On Thursday morning, the company dropped the “motors” from its website. It is now just Telsa.com. All of this to continue the effort to push Tesla into the 21st century.
In the letter published on Tesla’s site, Musk lays out his plan to introduce both an electric pickup truck and an electric semitruck. Musk says the two products are in early development and will be unveiled at some point next year.
“We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate,” Musk wrote.
Currently, Tesla has two cars on the market – the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV. The company is about to start production on the Model 3, a more affordable sedan.
His other big idea in the Master Plan is ride-sharing. Musk says he wants to use self-driving cars that will be able to pick riders up and, “once it picks you up, you will be able to sleep, read, or do anything else enroute to your destination.”
Musk also wants to help put a little cash in the pockets of current Tesla owners. Owners will be able to let their car be used for ride-sharing when they are on vacation or at work, according to Musk.
“This dramatically lowers the true cost of ownership to the point where almost anyone could own a Tesla,” Musk writes. “Since most cars are only in use by their owner for 5% to 10% of the day, the fundamental economic utility of a true self-driving car is likely to be several times that of a car which is not.”
Similar to Uber and Lyft, people will be able to catch a ride and offer up their ride through an app.
Also in the letter, Musk says he’d like to improve the autonomy function of his cars and use autonomous driving technology in other types of vehicles, like buses. Musk believes this will improve congestion in areas with heavy traffic.