Tesla Teases Model Y Compact SUV
So far, the focus for Tesla in 2018 has been on the Model 3 and improving production. We’ve since seen a couple of pauses followed by a move to a 24/7 production line. It now looks as though 5,000 per week is going to be achieved before the end of June.
Not one to pause and take stock, Elon Musk is already teasing what comes next, and therefore we’ve got a new concept image of the Model Y to look at.
As Electrek reports, the image was revealed yesterday alongside the latest Tesla shareholders meeting. Just like the concept image released last year, it doesn’t reveal much beyond a general shape. As you can see, it’s very much like the Model 3 (as it’s built on the same platform), only in compact SUV form. The only other thing we know is it will have Falcon Wing doors like the Model X and that Musk jokingly mentioned it having no steering wheel during the meeting while also explaining no leather will be used.
We’ve still got quite a while to wait for the Model Y to appear. We should know more about production plans for the vehicle before the end of the year, but production likely won’t start until early 2020. By then, Tesla’s production lines should have worked all the kinks out and be able to ramp up more quickly to a new model. The fact the Y is being built on the Model 3 platform will make things easier.
According to Seeking Alpha, Musk admitted during the shareholders meeting that “This was… the most excruciating, hellish several months I’ve maybe ever had … But I think we’re getting there.” He also survived a proposal to remove him as chairman after shareholders voted it down. Meanwhile, Robin Ren, head of worldwide sales at Tesla, confirmed the company plans to build its first non-US factory in Shanghai. We heard the first rumours about this last October.