By on May 3, 2018

During Tesla’s earnings conference call, the one that didn’t go so well, CEO Elon Musk spent some time explaining the company’s strategy to bring Model Y into production. He even went so far to set a date for the electric CUV, saying it would introduce a “a manufacturing revolution” within the next two years.

Wait, wasn’t the buzz that the modestly sized Model Y would be entering in production in 2019? According to Musk, it was not. But we know suppliers were accepting preliminary bids for contracts with the automaker already and it was reported that Tesla had said a November 2019 production date was “possible.” Pushing it ahead a few months, isn’t a big issue, especially since it hadn’t made an official announcement. But Musk said that was never the deal, saying that Tesla intends to commence assembly on the crossover in 2020. 

He also corrected the assumption suppliers had made that the Model Y will be built at it’s Fremont factory, in California. Instead, the company said it would be announcing a brand-new factory location before the end of this year.

The vehicle should be among the first to abandon the 12-volt architecture for in-car electronics, which is intended to reduce the amount of wiring required, and may come on a totally new platform. That last bit came as a huge surprise last year because practically everyone thought the Model Y would just be a lifted version of the Model 3.

Of course, we were surprised again when Musk later said Tesla would probably go back to using the Model 3 platform to get the crossover to market more quickly. However, since it’ll be built at a new factory, we don’t know what to expect anymore.

To be honest, Tesla’s pretty … fluid when it comes to deadlines and promises. It’s a brand that really likes to keep us guessing and suddenly come forward with something huge. We’ve no reason to doubt that the company won’t build the Model Y in 2020. But if Musk says assembly will start in April, we won’t be shocked if the actual date is closer to August.

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14 Comments on “Tesla Sets the Model Y Launch Date in Stone, Crossover Coming in 2020...”

  • avatar

    It just feels like finding the right part for a particular car a few years down the line would be a nightmare..

    “Oh, right. That’s a 2018 week 14.5 blue Model 3. Sorry, we don’t have any more of those motors – we moved to version 0.3 in week 17, and that’s all we have now. But your car will need to be reprogrammed to use that.”

  • avatar

    TTAC, not feeling the clickbait love today?

    Yes, it’s a train wreck, but nobody knows anything more this hour. As for the Model Y, there will be a cash raise in 2019 for Model Y reservations, and it can be assumed that the deposit will be north of $1000.

  • avatar

    Isn’t the Model X already supposed to be a crossover?

    • 0 avatar

      What you said. I suspect the new crossover will be an “affordable” crossover (b/c $50K is affordable?).

      It does seem redundant to the ‘X’.

      Maybe right now might be a better moment to pursue a truck or a convertible – something that isn’t already in the lineup.

  • avatar

    This all presupposes that Tesla will still be a viable company in 2020. It’s possible, but things are not looking good right now.

  • avatar
    velvet fog

    “We’ve no reason to doubt that the company won’t build the Model Y in 2020”

    Are you really that gullible?

  • avatar

    So maybe/maybe not a new platform for a car that apparently hasn’t even prototyped yet, to be built in a factory that hasn’t yet broken ground, and this program is supposed to commence in a time of massive internal upheaval, and no evidence yet that Elon knows how to mass-produce cars?

    Yeah, I’m sure they’ll stick to that deadline like glue.

  • avatar

    Since model 3 is make or break, I would think focus would be turned away from Semis, Ys, and even Roadsters, Ss, and Xs.

    The master plan, I thought, was to gain capital, market share, manufacturing expertise, and general recognition through the making
    of luxury performance cars. Job done. Now maybe would be the time to get on to plan B, as there are 450K deposit holders.

    Besides untimely delivery, I fear that price deception, nay increase, for the model 3 will work against sales of the new car. After all, a very good car can be bought for 30k. If the 3 comes in at 40k, is it really “everymans car”?

  • avatar

    I understand the numbers for both top and bottom lines were nothing out of
    the expected. Yet Mr. Musk was on the defense. It is surprising that he did use this opportunity to calm investors’ fears, given that nothing alarming was in the report. What will his attitude, comportment, and behavior be like if the shit really hits the fan?

    I suppose it is big balls to throw the gauntlet down to the stock shorters.

    Since saving the world and proving the viability of electric cars is of such importance to the man, why doesn’t he invest his own money in the
    glorious project? I would respect that a lot more than another stock dilution.

  • avatar

    How about instead of another new model they focus on what’s already there. The S is going on 7 years old now and is due for a makeover.

    • 0 avatar

      They could keep the exterior, but they are going to have some tough competition from the other makes on the interior. They also need the NCM 811 battery tech from the new roadster and semi along with the 350 kW (or better) charging capability Porsche and others are implementing. Permanent magnet motors from the Model 3 would be good too.

      I think those are probably the basic improvements it needs at this point and they can get everything from existing new products with the exception of the interior. They’ve already mentioned the mega-charger network upgrade, so that’s coming.

      The NMC 811 batteries would be a good cost reduction (less cobalt and maganese) and improve durability. They are in production now and they should do what they can to start using them.

  • avatar

    > Tesla Sets the Model Y Launch Date in Stone, Crossover Coming in 2020

    To be followed shortly by the Model B.

  • avatar

    There’s a nice GM factory for lease just down the road from me… I think Delaware would be happy to have an auto factory again.

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