Tesla has full pipeline after slow ramp-up of Model 3
Tesla's challenging Model 3 production ramp-up has delayed output of the $35,000 Standard Range base version, but the company still has a full plate of updates and new products planned.
A future flagship Roadster and semitruck have provided Tesla with customer deposits, and brisk crossover demand has raised anticipation for the Model Y. Meanwhile, the aging Model S and Model X have had flattening sales, and interior updates in late 2019 are expected to carry them through to 2021 redesigns.
The major question hanging over many of the planned products: Where will they be built? Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the company's Fremont, Calif., factory is full, leaving observers to speculate that future products will be built at a new plant near Shanghai or possibly at Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory.
Small vehicle: Musk has said Tesla could build a $25,000 vehicle as early as 2021. This contradicted his Master Plan, Part Deux, which stated that "a lower cost vehicle than Model 3 is unlikely to be necessary." Tesla has given no further details about a lower-cost vehicle.
Model 3: The much-anticipated $35,000 base version will go into production in the first quarter of 2019, according to Musk. He has said Tesla would have started production of the affordable electric car that is intended to fulfill the promise of his 2006 "top secret master plan," but the company must first hit its target production rate for pricier Model 3 versions. Shipping the base version right away would "cause Tesla to lose money & die," he tweeted on May 20.
Model S: The sedan's interior is expected to be freshened in the third quarter of 2019, harmonizing Tesla's older products with the Model 3 by consolidating controls into a single horizontally oriented touch screen. A redesign is expected in 2021.
Roadster: Tesla unveiled a flagship performance car concept in November. It said a 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack would give the Roadster a 600-mile range, a 250 mph top speed and 1.9-second acceleration from 0 to 60 mph. With three electric motors, a retractable hard top and seating for four, the $200,000 base Roadster is to enter production in 2020. Musk has hinted that a compressed-air "cold air thruster" system would included in an available SpaceX package.
Model Y: A Model 3-based crossover is to be unveiled between late 2018 and mid-2019. The Model Y would be built at a new factory, with production to start in 2019 and a launch scheduled for 2020.
Model X: The crossover is scheduled for an interior freshening in the third quarter of 2019 and a redesign in 2021.
Pickup: Musk has discussed launching an electric pickup, possibly based on his proposed Semi. He has said the pickup would seat as many as six, have up to a 500-mile range, tow up to 300,000 pounds, have all-wheel drive and dynamic suspension and be able to power 240-volt tools. Tesla has not shown a concept version of the pickup or released an expected production date, but it has said it would produce the pickup after the Model Y launch.
Semi: Musk has revealed plans for an electric semitruck offering a 300-mile range for $150,000 or a 500-mile range for $180,000. With four independent motors driving the rear axles, the truck is expected to consume less than 2 kWh per mile and accelerate to 60 mph with an 80,000-pound load in 20 seconds. Production is expected to begin in 2019 and ramp up "in earnest" in 2020. Tesla says it will install a system of Megacharger charging stations to support the Semi.
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