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Tesla has blueprints for a submarine car it isn't making

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Tired of driving your car on land like everyone else? It turns out Tesla's engineers have designed a submarine car that would be capable of travelling underwater as well as on the roads.

Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, spoke of the designs in the company's annual shareholder meeting this week (via TechCrunch (opens in new tab)). One of the shareholders asked whether an aquatic car was in the pipeline, and Musk confirmed that plans existed, but that they weren't really a priority amongst Tesla's current production targets.

The car designs were apparently inspired by 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me, in which Roger Moore's James Bond drives and dives in an pimped-out car able to convert to a submarine. 

Musk revealed that he owns the Lotus Esprit used in the movie, calling it "the coolest thing" – and saying the market for such a vehicle would likely be "small, but enthusiastic".

Under the sea...

This isn't the first time we've heard of Tesla's aquatic ambitions either: back in July 2018, we heard of plans to manufacture a kid-sized submarine to assist with the high-profile rescue operation of 12 young boys trapped in a cave in Thailand. 

While the vehicle wasn't needed – and may have been more of a PR boost to Tesla than anything else – it seems that Musk is confident in Tesla's ability to make vehicles for sea as well as land.

It's unclear how advanced the designs for a submarine car are, though: it could realistically be anything from a detailed 3D model to a crayon sketch on Elon Musk's fridge. But when rising sea levels finally catch up with us, it'll be good to know we have a backup form of transportation to hand.

Henry St Leger
Henry St Leger

Henry is a freelance technology journalist. Before going freelance, he spent more than three years at TechRadar reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and persistent theatre enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted. Bylines also include Edge, T3, and Little White Lies.