Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Tesla to develop 12-passenger electric van for Boring Company tunnels

It seems that Tesla has a new model under development, and it is said to be an electric van with room for twelve people and their luggage. The idea behind this is to use the high-speed tunnel that The Boring Company plans to build between Ontario International Airport and the city of Rancho Cucamonga.

Founded by Elon Musk, The Boring Company seeks to unclog road traffic in large cities through underground tunnels. The tunnel should be 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) long, 14 feet (4.2 meters) wide, and 35 feet (just over 10-meters) below the ground.

Here, people will be transported back and forth from the airport up to 204 km/h (127 mph). This would increase the county transportation capacity one day to 1,200 riders per hour, more than 10 million per year. A 2.8-mile trip to or from the airport would take 90 seconds to 2 minutes, according to a report from the Mercury News.

To meet the needs of the users, something is needed with more space than the models Tesla offers today. The firm from across the Atlantic would seriously consider deploying electric vans, a segment of vehicles on which the manufacturer has not yet positioned itself.

There is currently no further information available. Watch the video given below showing a ride inside the Boring Company’s tunnel.


The Boring Company believes that the final price tag for the tunnel project could be about $60 million, and take no more than four years. It is considerably less expensive than a new light rail system also proposed, which is projected to cost from $1 billion to $1.5 billion and take ten years.