Later this evening, I’ll be reporting live from the airport in Hawthorne, Calif, where electric car company Tesla will unveil what CEO Elon Musk has been teasing as “the D” as well as “something else” mysterious that will be shown off. Yes, it’s all very cryptic, “Elon Musk-style,” but we’ll very shortly bring you the details of exactly what Tesla plans to reveal at this event.
There’s been a lot of speculation that the “D” will stand for a new version of the Model S, including possibilities of a dual-engine version, an all-wheel-drive version, or even a dual motor version. There could also be some autonomous driving features showed off on the Model S, as Musk said at Vanity Fair’s tech conference on Wednesday that “One of the things is already there, and people just don’t realize it.”
If it is something like AWD, I’ll try not to be too disappointed. If they show off something more unexpected, like an early version of the Model 3, then that will be pretty killer.
Doors open at 7pm (PST), but the unveiling will likely start closer to 8pm. When I attended the Model X unveiling back in early 2012, the event was at least an hour behind the published schedule. Check back in around 7 to 730 for some on-the-ground commentary and hopefully an on-time event shortly after.