Tesla Model Y Production To Begin In 2020 But Elon Musk Doesn't Know Where It'll Be Built

Model Y teaser
Model Y teaser
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On a call with financial analysts Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk said the automaker will launch production of the Tesla Model Y crossover in 24 months, but the company hasn’t confirmed a location where it’ll be built.


Musk disputed an earlier report from Reuters, which said that Tesla aimed to launch production in November 2019, saying he had no idea where that date originated. Instead, he estimated—as Musk is wont to do—that production will begin in 24 months.

What’s key, though, is he admitted the company hasn’t confirmed a location to build the all-electric crossover. But it won’t launch at Tesla’s current manufacturing facility in Fremont, California, he said. He later added that the production location would be determined by no later than the fourth quarter of this year.

“We’re really crowded here in Fremont,” he said. “I don’t know where we’d put the Model Y.”

Musk is confident that, just like the Model 3 (which has gotten off to an incredibly sluggish start), the Model Y is going to warp the auto industry and upend how cars are made.

“I think the Model Y is going to be a manufacturing revolution,” he said, plainly. And here we thought the Model 3 supposed to be the manufacturing revolution.

Senior Reporter, Jalopnik/Special Projects Desk


So, he’s saying the Tesla affordable SUV is 2 years out.

In 2010, Tesla said it was “safe to say” the $30k-$35k Tesla would be here in “2012,2o13" - 2 or 3 years out. It’s 2018, and we’re still only at $56k versions of the Model 3, with the $35k version another 6 to 18 months away.

If history repeats, this means the Model Y will be with us in 2027.