Tesla to produce Model Y in existing California plant
Elon Musk said that Tesla’s current “default plan” is to produce the Model Y crossover at its sole auto plant in Fremont, California, where the electric automaker makes the Model S, X and 3.
The company, that produces battery packs and drive units at its gigafactory near Reno, Nevada, has been weighing the pros and cons of each location, including space constraints and labor costs.
Tesla’s website says that Model Y production is expected to begin in late 2020 for North America, and in early 2021 for Europe and China.
Model Y will be made on the same platform as the Model 3.
Musk first unveiled the Model Y crossover at an event in March. «I intentionally didn’t go all out with the Model Y reveal because I didn’t want to convince people to buy a Y instead of a 3. If everyone just decided to buy a Y instead of a 3 there would be no customers and there wouldn’t be a Y» said Musk.