Scale down, at least. But seriously, this toy does invite thoughts about a Tesla product spectrum that starts with the S/X and ends with this remarkably authentic $500 Tesla, or even — if we want to push it — the Hot Wheels products. Along the way, we have Model III and Y. But we still have unoccupied strata on the cheapness continuum.
Will Tesla ever “scale up” to these volume/price points? Why not? As EV tech becomes cheaper, better and harder to shoo away, it seems inevitable that we will indeed see a full totem pole of Tesla vehicles.
However, as TeslaMondo has repeatedly opined, cheap Teslas will require a different retail model. Low-end buyers tend to be need-based, and pressed for time. They want to trade in a car that just failed inspection, get financed, and take delivery today. They can’t just borrow the golf cart while they wait for delivery.