The Model Y has been a known thing for quite some time, as Elon Musk spoke about it as far back as 2015. But other than a deleted tweet referring to the Model Y’s falcon-wing doors, there have been no other details revealed about it. Until today…
Because the Model Y was to be to the Model 3 what the Model X is to the Model S, most assumed the 3 and Y would share a platform, like the S and X. But, according to a new report from International Business Times, Elon Musk has made it clear that the Model Y will sit atop its own platform.
He also said that Model Y will be built on a totally different production line than today’s Tesla models, as it will use more robotics. To help the transition to robotics, the Model Y will scrap the complex 12-volt battery architecture. This, according to Musk, will reduce the wiring and help ease production a bit.
Once the Model Y hits showrooms in 2019 or 2020, it will team up with the Model 3 to create a strong base lineup that will push Tesla to a projects 1 million cars annually by 2020. That would be record growth for an automaker.
Musk will also fulfill the dream of his teenage self with the release of the Model Y, as Tesla’s lineup will spell “S3XY…” Yeah, no matter how successful we are as men, we are all still 16-year-olds somewhere in our minds.