2016 Tesla Model S
It seems a day doesn’t go by without Tesla hinting at its next big plans as a company. Most recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dropped a few nuggets of information surrounding the elusive Model Y during an earnings call.
We’ve known about the Model Y for some time, but the rumor mill has subsequently placed it on the backburner with the incredible amounts of hype surrounding the upcoming Model 3 sedan. The Model Y is expected to be Tesla’s second crossover and measure in as a compact vehicle. However, unlike previously thought, Musk said the Model Y will ride on an all-new platform.
It’s been expected the Model Y would sit atop the same architecture underpinning the Model 3, which is also compact in size. Musk went on to say the Model Y could begin production as soon as 2019.
Another nugget? Per Musk, the Model Y is going to have falcon wing doors, just like the Model X. That’s a shocker, given how troublesome those doors have been.
Additionally, the Tesla chief plans to ditch the 12-volt battery architecture used in current Tesla vehicles. This will allow for less wiring and simplify Tesla’s overall production process.
The Model Y is an important part of Tesla’s ambitious plan to deliver one million cars by 2020, a plan that begins this summer with Model 3 production. Tesla believes the Model 3 will push production volume to 500,000 vehicles per year. To carry out its goal, Tesla has even embarked on some risky business regarding beta testing.