Elon Musk: Tesla Model Y will bring ‘a manufacturing revolution’ in 2020
Tesla CEO Elon Musk informed during the company’s first-quarter 2018 conference call that the automaker’s upcoming Model Y all-electric CUV will underscore ‘a manufacturing revolution’ in 2020. Musk has led many ventures and his team has proved its strength in offering innovative products. When Tesla launched mass-market Model 3, the company registered over half million bookings for the latest EV.
Musk revealed at the conference call that Tesla plans to bring the Model Y to production in 2020. Musk also rebuffed a last-month report by Reuters which claimed that unidentified sources in the supply chain had disclosed that the production of Model Y could be commenced by Tesla in November 2019.
Musk, however, confirmed that the Model Y production will not be undertaken at Tesla’s manufacturing plant in Fremont. He said that the vehicle will be produced at a new factory location, about which Tesla will share the details in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The Model Y architecture is already being hyped by Musk since it is apparently aimed at rapid and simple production. Musk had said in a 2017 statement that the vehicle will be built on a new platform, although Tesla earlier planned to use the Model 3 platform for building the vehicle.
With regard to the Model Y architecture, Musk has already disclosed that Tesla would not go with the 12-volt battery architecture for the vehicle, and will use a different way for powering in-car electronics. He also revealed that the overall wiring of the vehicle will be reduced significantly and its production process will be simplified.
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