Tesla trademarks ‘Model E’, but is it for junior Model S due in 2016?

Tesla Motors has applied for a new trademark: ‘Model E’.

Filed in the ‘Vehicles and products for locomotion by land, air or water’ category, we’re assuming that the Model E moniker is destined for the boot-lid of a car, but with Elon Musk we wouldn’t be surprised if the Model E turned out to be a hovercraft.

The most likely recipient is the “compelling affordable electric car” about which Tesla has been making the right noises lately. Musk has previously referred to this supposed junior Model S as ‘Gen 3’ and it’s anticipated to achieve 200 miles on a single charge. It will also cost substantially less than the Model S. Such a car may well make life hard for cars like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 when it arrives in 2016.

Tesla also has the Model X SUV waiting in the wings. That car is due to launch next year and will be the company’s third production car after the original Roadster and the Model S.

Perhaps ‘Model E’ is reserved for the returning Roadster?