Tesla Model Y to launch as early as 2019 with new architecture

Article by Christian A., on May 9, 2017

Even before Tesla has yet to start the production of the Model 3, its CEO, Elon Musk has his eyes set on the upcoming Model Y. For a while now, we’ve come to know that the Model Y will be a compact electric sport utility vehicle as Musk himself has already confirmed. As reported earlier by The Verge, Musk also said the Model Y will be getting a new platform and is likely to arrive in 2019.

Since the new architecture will be totally different, the CEO intends to replace the existing Tesla models’ 12-volt battery with a new power system. The change in architecture would mean there is no longer need for a lead-acid battery aside from a having new way of running the vehicle’s in-car electronic system. In doing so, the production will be a lot simpler since there is lesser amount of wiring involved with the new setup.

Musk refers to the electric SUV as an important factor in achieving Tesla’s objective of one million cars per year in the upcoming new decade. While at a conversation with some analysts about the company’s financial results in this year's 1st quarter, the CEO reassures everyone that the Model Y should be available either in late 2019 or 2020 at the most.

Knowing how Tesla is notorious for missing out on target dates, we'd better not hold on to this kind of expectation. The most realistic arrival of the Model Y we think would be somewhere in the middle of 2020. Considering the company is working towards its goal of one million units per year in 2020, the timeframe by any luck would be more than enough to put things altogether. And by 2018, the company is already anticipating the production of 500,000 vehicles per year.

Tesla hasn’t shared many details about the features of the Model Y. Musk so far has only hinted how it’s going to be “different” and that it will be featuring its famous Falcon Wing doors just as those on the highly controversial Model X.

Production of the Model 3 will commence this coming July while deliveries are expected by the end of the year. Aside from Tesla, other major car companies are also looking to produce their own electric SUVs in the next three years. This includes Mercedes Benz, Volvo and Audi among others. It does make a lot of sense why Musk is hellbent to come out with the Model Y within the same amount of time.

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