(AP) Tesla Inc. unveiled a prototype electric car powered by a powerful new type of hydrogen.
The new electric car uses a hydrogen-based fuel, which has a much higher energy density than coal or oil.
It also is more fuel efficient than gasoline.
“We have a lot of different energy sources and all of them have different efficiency and a lot more power and torque,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Monday during a media event at the California headquarters of the electric carmaker.
It’s an important step forward for the company, which is developing an electric car that could rival the combustion engine in the future.
The company is expected to unveil the car at the world’s largest auto show next month in Detroit.
Musk said the company is already developing the car, called the “crear” correoso electronico, with a partner and a Chinese partner.
He did not provide more details about the partners.
Tesla plans to have about 10,000 cars on the road by 2025, Musk said.
The cars would be able to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in about five seconds.
The company is also exploring using a solar cell to store energy, Musk added.
Tesla, which was founded in 1998 and has sold more than 2 million electric vehicles, has a long history of making products that can compete with conventional cars.
The “crean” correa electronico has a similar design to Tesla’s current cars, including the Model S sedan, but has a wider range of features and more aggressive power output.
It also has higher battery life and an electric motor that can run at a much faster rate.
Tesla also is working on a “creare” electric car with similar design and power.
The car is expected later this year, Musk teased during the event.