As the Tesla Model 3, the fourth and arguably most important of Tesla’s electric vehicle to date, is just starting to come off the assembly line at the company’s factory in Fremont, Calif. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is already making plans for the company’s next electric vehicle, the Model Y.
The Model Y is Tesla’s smaller compact sport-utility that will be critical to meeting the company’s goal of delivering 1 million vehicles a year by 2020. The ‘Tesla Model Y’ is not an official name yet, but that’s what Tesla officials have been referring to when talking about a crossover all-electric vehicle built on the same third generation platform as the Tesla Model 3. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the vehicle will feature ‘Falcon Wing’ doors like the Model X. The vehicle is expected to be very similar to the Model 3 and feature similar options as the Model 3.
Tesla has yet to unveil the Model Y, but the company is reportedly in advanced stages of the development of the vehicle and it should be unveiled soon. It is expected to hit production shortly after the Model 3 in late 2018.
Early on Musk indicated that the Model Y would be based on a different platform than the $35,000 Model 3 sedan. He claimed the Y platform would simpler to build. However since the announcement in early 2017, Tesla says that for various reasons, the Model Y will in fact be using substantial carryover parts and architecture from the Model 3. One of the issues relating to the development of the Model Y was a need to simplify wiring and electronic systems. Musk says that Model Y will contain a much reduced 100m of wiring versus 1500m of wiring needed in the Model 3, and 3000m in the Model S/X. Hailed as an incredible engineering feat using Tesla’s “flex circuit”, Musk places the production priority of the Model Y behind that of the Model 3, and expects vehicle demand to reach as high as 1 million vehicles. Tesla also report that the Model Y might be built at some point, in a proposed factory in China and primarily for the local Chinese market, Musk said “It’s really the only way to make the cars affordable in China, but it’s three years out or so.” The company say their next automotive project after the Model Y would likely to build an all-electric Tesla pickup truck.