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.
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.