The Tesla ‘Model M’ by Jans Slapins

Could The Tesla Model M Ever Be A Thing?

Updated August 9, 2018

Calm yourselves, it’s only a concept rendering but honestly, if Tesla were to build an electric motorcycle, it could very well look like this. But then, it could look like something else completely. So before you wet yourself, here’s the deal: it’s a concept rendering by Jans Slapins, a designer that we’ve covered before, and it’s a pretty neat drawing.

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On the surface, it does look very similar to a lot of concepts that we’ve published lately, and if our Facebook ‘comments’ section is anything to go by (check out the Audi to see what we’re on about) this new breed of motorcycle design is receiving mixed views from the Gearheads audience. A lot of concept designs are following this trend, and if so many designers are into it, eventually the manufacturers will take note – so if you’re not a fan, this might spell bad news.

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Anyway, one website taking a look at this Tesla Model M badged rendering wrote of Jans work: “a neat debut in the field from Jans Slapins” obviously oblivious to the fact that it’s not his first foray into motorcycle design, or even automotive design in general having previously drawn up this little number and a fair few Lambos and Fords too.

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Back to the matter at hand: the style isn’t much in the way of design innovation and takes inspiration directly from a Burov Art concept from a while back and a few other notable designs too, such as this . All seems in order at the front end but we imagine that the rear needs a bit of revision before anyone could take the design seriously, the mono shock and rider position, yikes.

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There’s not a hell of a lot to say about the machinery, because it’s only a rendering but Jans has explained that the concept would be fitted with a 150kW motor that would provide the rider with four built in drive modes: Standard, Cruise, Eco and Race and would be powered by low mounted Lithium-Ion batteries. Another potentially cool feature would be the former gas tank area, which has been converted into a storage facility for the riders odds and ends, and possibly a helmet too. Obviously, the frame would be made of aluminum and the wheels of carbon fiber, to keep the overall weight of the bike down. BUT this is only a concept. However, if Tesla were to take a gamble on an electric motorcycle, we bet it’d be shit hot. Cheers Jans for giving this great Tesla motorcycle rendering to think about.

In need of more electric? Check out the up and coming Bultaco Brinco, Victory’s Isle Of Man Racer or the strangely appealing Gogoro E-Scooters from Taiwan!


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Joe Appleton
About Joe Appleton

I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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