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Five things Elon Musk's mysterious delayed product launch could be

Emma Haslett
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Is there anyone as mysterious as Elon Musk on Twitter? The Tesla founder has sent analysts and investors into a frenzy of speculation after he posted a single, two-sentence tweet late last night.

The news sent Tesla shares 0.3 per cent lower to $196. But what is the product likely to be? Here's what the rumour mill says:

1. An energy storage device

Musk has promised to unveil new versions of Tesla's Powerwall and Powerpack at-home energy storage devices by the end of 2017. Given the company is in the throes of a $2.6bn (£2.1bn) buyout of green energy giant SolarCity - and has even gone so far as to announce a deal with Panasonic to manufacture solar panels for its Powerwall system - now could be the time for a reboot.

2. A new Autopilot​

In a sense, Tesla is one of the earliest driverless cars to hit the road - although the path of its Autopilot feature hasn't run smoothly, after the technology was blamed for a fatal crash. To be fair, Musk has said repeatedly that the feature is designed to be used with drivers at the wheel and alert, but a new version of the technology would nonetheless be welcome.

3. An SUV

Admittedly, this is a little more off-the-wall, but in July Musk said Tesla wanted to cover "the major forms of terrestrial transport", starting from a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and moving on to trucks, buses and "high passenger-density urban transport". So is the Tesla SUV coming early? You'll have to wait until Wednesday to find out.

4. A shared fleet

Another revelation from Musk's strategy briefing in July was that Tesla wants to create a self-driving "shared fleet", meaning Tesla owners can rent out their self-driving cars, allowing them to "generate income for you while you're at work or on vacation". Has Musk already found a way to do it? Stranger things have happened.

5. Hyperloop II: TeslaSuperHyperloop

Musk is the man who came up with the so-crazy-it-might-just-work Hyperloop mass transportation system, essentially a vacuum tube which can carry passengers at 760mph (that's faster than a plane). If someone actually finds a way to make it, Hyperloop will cut the travel time from New York City to Washington DC to 30 minutes.

Has Musk come up with a new concept that could make travel even faster? Has he found a way to transport people at 760mph without inducing mass vomiting? We can but speculate. But while you're waiting, here's a video of Hyperloop in action.

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