The Tesla BlueStar is a proposed electric car to be manufactured by Tesla Motors. This US$35,000–US$40,000 car with a range of 200 miles (320 km) is expected in 2016  or 2017. The BlueStar, or third-generation car, will, according to design chief Franz von Holzhausen, "be an Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class type of vehicle that will offer everything: range, affordability, and performance with a starting price of US$30,000" that is targeted towards the mass-market. Tesla intends the car to have a price under US$40,000 and have a range of about 200 miles (320 km). Technology from Tesla's Model S line may also make its way into the BlueStar line. "It would be quite similar to the Model S but scaled down." Although the Model S is generally a standard looking car, the third generation vehicle will have more distinctive style.
The company had plans for the BlueStar as part of its trickle-down strategy, where the battery and electric drivetrain technology would be developed and paid for through sales of the Tesla Roadster and Tesla Model S vehicles. The BlueStar line is being co-developed with the Model X, an SUV variant of the Model S.
It will be 20% smaller than the Model S.
The manufacturer cost of a 50 kWh, 200 miles (320 km) Tesla battery has been estimated to be US$12,000 in 2013.
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