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

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
tesla sets the model y launch date in stone crossover coming in 2020

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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  • Dantes_inferno Dantes_inferno on May 09, 2018

    > Tesla Sets the Model Y Launch Date in Stone, Crossover Coming in 2020 To be followed shortly by the Model B.

  • WildcatMatt WildcatMatt on May 23, 2018

    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.

  • Jeff S I don't believe gm will die but that it will continue to shrink in product and market share and it will probably be acquired by a foreign manufacturer. I doubt gm lacks funds as it did in 2008 and that they have more than enough cash at hand but gm will not expand as it did in the past and the emphasis is more on profitability and cutting costs to the bone. Making gm a more attractive takeover target and cut costs at the expense of more desirable and reliable products. At the time of Farago's article I was in favor of the Government bailout more to save jobs and suppliers but today I would not be in favor of the bailout. My opinions on gm have changed since 2008 and 2009 and now I really don't care if gm survives or not.
  • Kwik_Shift I was a GM fan boy until it ended in 2013 when I traded in my Avalanche to go over to Nissan.
  • Stuart de Baker I didn't bother to read this article. I'll wait until a definitive headline comes out, and I'll be surprised if Tesla actually produces the Cybertruck. It certainly looks impractical for both snowy and hot sunny weather.
  • Stuart de Baker This is very interesting information. I was in no danger of buying a Tesla. I love my '08 Civic (stick), and it feels just as responsive as when I bought it 11 years ago with 35k on the clock (now 151k), and barring mishaps, I plan to keep it for the next 25 years or so, which would put me into my mid-90s, assuming I live that long. On your information, I will avoid renting Teslas.
  • RHD The only people who would buy this would be those convinced by a website that they are great, and order one sight-unseen. They would have to have be completely out of touch with every form of media for the last year. There might actually be a few of these people, but not very many. They would also have to be completely ignorant of the Hyundai Excel. (Vinfast seems to make the original Excel look like a Camry in comparison.)