No, Tesla Won't Make A 'Model M' Electric Motorcycle (Despite That Rendering)

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Rendering of 'Tesla Model M' electric motorcycle, created by Jans Slapins, Silodrome website

Rendering of 'Tesla Model M' electric motorcycle, created by Jans Slapins, Silodrome website

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Over the last few days, images of a “Tesla Model M” have made the rounds online, sparking excited discussions among electric-bike enthusiasts and others.

Those who only read headlines may well think that electric-car maker Tesla Motors is actually considering making an electric motorcycle.

These fever dreams wouldn't normally be worth covering, except for the red-hot excitement that now greets every shred of Tesla news or rumor. So it's worth setting the record straight.

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The original source article found on http://silodrome.com/tesla-model-m/ notes that the "Model M" Tesla is no more than a concept design by Jans Slapins.

It appears that Slapins simply slapped the Tesla logo onto a computer rendering he made. He lives in London, and has no connection to Tesla.  

On his website, http://jans-shlapins.blogspot.com/ , he shows 3D-rendered designs he has created. There is also a BMW concept motorcycle.

Rendering of 'Tesla Model M' electric motorcycle, created by Jans Slapins, Silodrome website

Rendering of 'Tesla Model M' electric motorcycle, created by Jans Slapins, Silodrome website

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On the “About” page of Silodrome.com it gives a short lesson in history about the name of the website. 

The “Silodrome” is a carnival sideshow attraction sometimes referred to as the “Wall of Death"; you may have seen one at a small county fair.

The vertical velodromes were originally built in the countryside from old grain silos, leading to the name: silo drome.

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Daredevils would ride motorcycles and drive small cars around the sides of the Silodrome using the increasing G-forces to stay glued to the wall at higher speeds.

They often juggled, did headstands, drank bourbon or other refreshments, and snatched tips from the audience as they went round.

This is not the first Tesla Motorcycle concept rendering, and it probably won’t be the last.

Rendering of 'Tesla Model M' electric motorcycle, created by Jans Slapins, Silodrome website

Rendering of 'Tesla Model M' electric motorcycle, created by Jans Slapins, Silodrome website

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But Tesla has never indicated any interest in entering the motorcycle market; cars and energy storage are far larger and richer markets with greater potential to change society.

And there's another good reason that Tesla most likely wouldn't offer an electric bike: Its batteries are all wrong for motorcycles.

Space is extremely limited on any motorcycle, electric ones in particular because the battery pack may be the largest single component--and long range requires substantial packs to be carried in the narrow, tall space between the rider's legs.

But Tesla uses cylindrical batteries that, by virtue of their shape, have gaps between them when stacked together.

2015 Zero electric motorcycle

2015 Zero electric motorcycle

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Zero Motorcycles uses pouch cells for all its electric bikes, because they can be squeezed together without very little space between them, boosting energy density.

Admittedly, it would be very exciting to see what Tesla would actually do if it were interested in making motorcycles.

But Slapins' renderings are unlikely to represent what the company would do. The design is bulky, and looks heavy, without the sleek design language that Tesla is known for.  

Also, the clutch lever in the renderings would clearly be unnecessary on an electric motorcycle.

Rendering of 'Tesla Model M' electric motorcycle, created by Jans Slapins, Silodrome website

Rendering of 'Tesla Model M' electric motorcycle, created by Jans Slapins, Silodrome website

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It may be that Slapins doesn’t actually understand electric motorcycles too well.

In the end, electric-motorcycle fans will have to keep dreaming of the day when Tesla ventures into two-wheeled electric vehicles.

Meanwhile, perhaps it's best just to ignore people striving for attention by using the Tesla name.

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