Tesla is scheduled to disclose the Mannequin Y — the subsequent electrical automobile in electrical automaker’s lineup — tonight at an occasion in Los Angeles after, not months, however years of teasers and hints from CEO Elon Musk .
Tesla will reside stream the Mannequin Y unveiling occasion at eight pm PT through its website. Nevertheless, of us who need to watch the occasion ought to head over to the positioning (https://www.tesla.com/modely) previous to the eight pm begin time. There’s a registration course of. As soon as accomplished, a brand new web page pops up with the message “Thanks for registering. We are going to ship you an invitation within the hours main as much as the occasion.”
TechCrunch will probably be on the occasion to hunt for different attention-grabbing tidbits concerning the Mannequin Y in addition to presumably get a journey within the compact SUV. Keep tuned.
What to anticipate
Particulars concerning the compact SUV are scant, though Musk has offered some info main as much as the March 14 Tesla Mannequin Y occasion.
The Mannequin Y is predicted to be 10 % larger than the Mannequin three and value 10 % extra, in keeping with Musk. It’s going to have the identical battery because the Mannequin three, however its beefier profile will imply “barely much less” vary than the Mannequin three.
Tonight’s occasion ought to reply many, however not all questions. Anticipate extra info on the automobile specs comparable to vary and efficiency, two favourite go-tos for Musk. Value might be revealed as effectively. These sorts of splashy knowledge factors can create buzz and a spotlight. However TechCrunch is extra within the how, than the what.
What we’ll be waiting for is any details about the place the Mannequin Y will probably be produced, a manufacturing timeline, and what manufacturing technique the corporate plans to pursue. TechCrunch may even be being attentive to how Tesla handles reservations for the Mannequin Y.
A few of Tesla’s largest issues stem from the way it builds its electrical autos. The corporate emphasised extremely automated programs after which backed away from that strategy. (Remember the tent?)
Why it issues
Mannequin three has lengthy been thought of Tesla’s most essential automotive. And it nonetheless is. With out continued gross sales of the Mannequin three, Tesla will lack the required capital to supply the Mannequin Y.
In the meantime, the Mannequin Y, if Tesla can apply the entire classes it discovered from its troubles with the Mannequin three manufacturing, might be a smash hit for the automaker. Extra importantly, Musk is relying on the Mannequin Y to hit the corporate’s purpose of delivering 1 million automobiles by 2020.
Individuals are nonetheless lusting after SUVs, significantly smaller ones, and it’s an urge for food that has grown past U.S. borders and into different essential markets comparable to China.