特斯拉's third-generation car, currently planned for volume production in late 2017, is now officially nameless again.
根据 发财, the company has abandoned its trademark application for the name "型号E，" which had been widely assumed to apply to the new vehicle.
特斯拉 Motors, Palo Alto, California
Ford had applied to trademark the same name several months after 特斯拉, but has kept its application active.
Simon Sproule, 特斯拉's new vice president of communications, told 发财 “这个问题已经和解了。”
Neither 特斯拉 nor Ford would reveal to the business journal whether the two companies had discussed the issue, or whether Ford may have suggested that 特斯拉 back off.
特斯拉 Motors has so far produced the 2008-2011 Roadster two-seat electric sports car, and the Model S electric five-seat luxury sedan that began production in 2012.
特斯拉 CEO 伊隆·马斯克（Elon Musk） said on the company's first-quarter earnings call last week that while pre-production "beta" validation prototype versions of the Model X would be on the roads by the end of this year, production wouldn't begin until the first or second quarter of next year.
Slide showing 特斯拉 Motors gigafactory statistics, from Feb 2014 presentation
Meanwhile, 特斯拉 executives are seemingly back to their drawing boards and will have to come up with another model name for the upcoming third-generation car.
The schedule of that car depends largely on whether 特斯拉 can get its enormous U.S. "gigafactory" for mass production of lithium-ion cells up and running by the end of 2017.
Musk said on the earnings call that groundbreaking for that facility will begin next month--although 特斯拉 hasn't yet announced where the plant will be located, or which of the four candidate states has been chosen.
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