Tesla Abandons Model E Trademark (Report)

5:41 PM PST 05/05/2014 by Michael Walker

The long-gestating electric sedan from the maker of the Model S will arrive in prototype form next year under a different name.

Tesla has officially dropped its Model E trademark, Autoblog reports.

A review of the company's filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office revealed that Tesla relinquished its claim to the Model E trademark late last month.

According to statements by Tesla founder Elon Musk and other sources, the car formerly know as the Model E will have a range of 200 miles, sell for about $35,000 and serve as the entry-level car in the company's roster, which will include the Model X SUV expected to arrive next year. 

For now, Tesla produces only the hot-selling Model S sedan.

Car enthusiasts lamented that by abandoning the Model E trademark, Tesla could no longer claim that its three cars literally spelled S-E-X.

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