According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Web site, Tesla filed three trademark applications for the name “Model E,” which may indicate the electric company has a new model in the works.
The Aug. 5 applications refer to use of the name in “automobiles and structural parts therefore,” automobile maintenance and repair services, as well as apparel. A status message posted on each of the applications on Aug. 13 notes that they will be assigned to a patent office attorney for examination in about three months.
Last year, talking to a car enthusiast blog, Tesla CEO did indeed suggest the possibility of a Model E vehicle. “There will definitely be more models after the S and X. Maybe an E :),” Musk said back then.
Still, there could be a problem with the moniker, as the name seemed rather interesting to Ford Motor – they filed a lawsuit (which was dissmised) against Model E Corporation, an online automotive startup, alleging that “Model E” is too similar to the company’s historic Model T car in 2000 and Thursday evening Ford spokesman Jay Cooney said the company will review the registration and would have no further comment.