Elon Musk says the model Y is ready to go

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On Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that he recently approved the finalised prototype for the Model Y. That's nice Mr Musk but what does that really mean for the car?

The crossover electric SUV has been given the green flag, meaning the prototype is that far along in its development that production is possible. Pairing that with the teaser that Musk gave us, wanting to reveal the model Y in March 2019.

So, any juicy numbers?

There isn't any more details or information than what we already have. The falcon wing doors is mostly likely to incorporated in the Model Y alongside other styling features and details from other Tesla models. All we seem to have is blurry, dramatic shots of the body and they don't really give much away.

We expect this car to give a lot back with this secretive shape, although the specifications maybe be similar to other models - possibly using Model 3 figures to get an idea what it would be like.

But here is the snag. Due to the high production levels at the California factory, the Model Y may not go into full swing production until 2020! The major reason is due to the lack of space at the Tesla factories, even though the Gigafactory Nevada is only running at 30% capacity. But, it takes time to get the whole facility up and running with right equipment. Makes a bit more sense now.

The Model 3

Seems odd right? Especially when the California factory had to build a temporary tent in the parking lots, so they could cope with the production output. Crazy. All because of the Model 3.

So, does Elon have plans to expand his empire? Oh yes, he does. In Shanghai, government documents have shown plans for Tesla to see up shop with another Gigafactory, and start production with two models there.

The good with the bad...

Sounds like a headache but will it be worth it? Yes, the opportunities for Tesla will be massive, the Model 3 has had such a successful response from the industry and consumers that it only can mean growth for the future. Tesla profits are up with its biggest quarterly revenue ever, new cars, new ideas. Only a small niggle is building new factories and tooling them up, is always the biggest issue to solve but as we know, Tesla always find a way.

That's that then, we have to wait another two years for the Model Y to even get into the factories in bits. Is that such an issue? Not really, patience is always rewarded.

Tesla Model Y - 2020, coming to a showroom near you. You just won't hear it coming.

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Comments (37)
  • Another Tesla pipe dream.

    1 month ago
  • Electric motors are very efficient at low speeds, so if driven slowly, grandad style, or in geological exploration mode, ( like 10mph ) , in theory, the battery drain would be minimised. It would make for dull viewing on the Grand Tour, but I'd like to see this kind of test. Slow acceleration is the secret. I'd really like to know what sort of economy could be achieved from a mid sized hybrid sedan like a Fusion, Malibu, or Camry, if it crawls around the 'burbs and shopping car parks. In Australia, we are limited to 35 km/hr around town, by traffic lights, so why not do a "real world " test at that speed ? And then monitor battery drain as the vehicle is accelerated reasonably slowly to , say 100 km , as it heads up on the motorway. We need to know what these vehicles will cost the average mum and dad. In Australia the ZB Commodore comes in a wagon and hatchback version - the same car is sold in the US as the Malibu - and it comes in a mild hybrid that achieves 5.1 litres / 100km overall : The ninth generation Malibu ( starting at USD $28,000 ish )offers a full hybrid model for the first time, featuring a 1.8 L four-cylinder engine mated to a two-motor drive unit, providing additional power to assist the engine during acceleration for 182 horsepower of total system power. An Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery system allows the engine and cabin to warm up during winter conditions, while an 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides electric power to the hybrid system, powering the Malibu Hybrid up to 55 mph (89 km/h) on electricity alone, while the gasoline-powered engine automatically comes on at higher speeds and loads to provide additional power. The Malibu Hybrid uses a transmission ("two motor drive unit" in GM terms) similar to the second generation Chevrolet Volt,[73] but a much smaller battery, no plug-in option and a different engine.

    1 month ago
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    • Any car that requires me to drive like a grandma just to make it to the destination, is already out of the question for me.

      1 month ago
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    • Geological exploration work in isolated areas pays very well. You have to be willing to spend most of each day driving at 10 mph. ( So a hybrid Volvo XC90 starts to make sense ) This...

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      1 month ago

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