Tesla will bring model Y, its upcoming small electric SUV, to produce quite quickly, yet it has not a factory…
Tesla will bring model Y, its upcoming small electric SUV, to produce quite quickly, yet it has not a factory officially assigned to it.
Today, leaked documents reveal more about Tesla’s plans on building model Y at Gigafactory 1 by the end of 2020, has another production line in China Gigafactory 3 a few months later and has a third row seat.
This is based on a report from Business Insider claiming that it received internal documents on model Y production plans given to Tesla employees in October.
The documents state that the company plans to have “a pilot Y-line built at Gigafactory 1 by June 1, 2020” and increase production to about 2000 units per week by September 2020.
By the end of 2020, plans are being planned Tesla to achieve a production of 7,000 Model Ys per week at Gigafactory 1
According to the same document, Tesla also plans to be a model Y production line at Gigafactory 3 in China no later than October 2020 and increase production to 5,000 units per week by February 2021.
Tesla’s own applications in China have already revealed the company’s plans to build model Y together with model 3 at Gigafactory 3.
As previously reported, Tesla plans to build model Y on the Model 3 platform and now the documents also show that Tesla plans to limit the number of changes to simplify production.
The biggest change would be a third row that fits behind thanks to the higher frame.
Tesla commented on the report that the information from the leaked documents is “outdated”:
“The timelines and information shared here are outdated. When we have details to announce, we will surely share them. In the meantime, we continue to focus on Model 3, we are pleased to be able to take part in Europe and China at the beginning of next year. “
Model Y is expected to be unveiled in March 2019 and Tesla will release its production plans at the same time.
That Tesla does not deny that it was their plan at any time and they did not indicate which parts are “outdated” makes me believe this is the most accurate.
Tesla reportedly sent the documents to engineers in October, and at that time Elon Musk announced that he approved the Tesla Model Y prototype for production and stated that they are targeting 2020.
Everything else is also in line with what expected.
With a 2020 timeline, a new factory is kinda out of the question at this time and Gigafactory 1 makes the most sense.
As usual, Tesla has an extremely aggressive timeline and I think we should not take it seriously at this point.  We are talking about production start summer 2020 and a ramp up to 7000 units per week in just a few months.
It sounds like Tesla’s original model 3 production plan for 2017 and we all know what happened there.
It does not mean that Tesla will make the same mistake, but it’s still an extremely ambitious goal.
The third row would be the biggest surprise here. Model Y is expected to be higher and larger than Model 3 and has a hatchback, but a third row had not been mentioned as potentially part of the plans so far.
It would certainly increase the appeal for big families looking for electric walking.
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