In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Elon Musk dropped the Tesla Model Y unveiling date. While responding to his followers on Twitter, Musk stated that the upcoming all-electric crossover SUV would be unveiled on March 14, 2019.
Update: The article has been updated to reflect Elon Muk’s latest announcement that Tesla’s Model Y unveiling event will take place on March 14.
The Model Y release date came as a response to an inquiry from Tesla enthusiast and YouTube host Ben Sullins. When asked by the Teslanomics host about the crossover SUV’s unveiling, Musk responded with an oddly specific date.
Musk eventually admitted that he just “made (the date) up” because the “Ides of March” sounded good. He did, however, follow up with a tweet stating that March 15 should be considered “real,” considering that Tesla could unveil the Model Y anytime from late 2018 to mid-2019.
Based on Musk’s tweets, it appears like Tesla would unveil the Model Y just when the company is starting production of the $35,000 standard range Model 3. Tesla recently opened orders for the dual-motor AWD and Performance versions of the compact electric car, and with it came some changes into the tentative delivery dates for the Model 3.
As could be seen in Tesla’s order page for the Model 3’s different versions, the waiting time for the long-range RWD configuration is now down to just 4-6 months. The waiting time for the $35,000 standard range variant has gone down to 6-12 months as well. Considering recent signs that Tesla is steadily improving the production rate of the Model 3, such as its registration of 7,000 new VINs, there is a good chance that the company can start production of the standard range Model 3 by the end of this year.
Overall, if Tesla unveils the Model Y on March 15, or late 2018 for that matter, it would mean that Tesla would be preparing another production ramp for a new vehicle just as it is thoroughly refining the manufacturing of the Model 3. While this means that Tesla would likely see no rest in between the Model 3 and the Model Y, such a release cycle is classic Elon Musk.
Tesla has been dropping hints about the Model Y for a while now. Just recently, a teaser for the vehicle appears to have been dropped in Tesla’s quarterly hands-on video. The car was also discussed during Tesla’s Q1 2018 earnings call, when Musk stated that an announcement about the Model Y factory would be released sometime later this year. Musk also revealed that Tesla’s upcoming China Gigafactory would be able to support vehicle production.
The Model Y is expected to be based on the Model 3 platform. According to Elon Musk, the Model Y would require only 100 meters of wiring — a 95% reduction over the Model 3’s 1,500 meters — thanks to Tesla’s flex circuit technology. Musk also noted that Tesla expects the Model Y to be even more popular than the Model 3, with demand for the all-electric crossover SUV going as high as 1 million per year.