Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Research | By Chelsea Rogers

Musk Says Tesla Model Y Crossover Won't Share Platform With Model 3

Musk Says Tesla Model Y Crossover Won't Share Platform With Model 3

Towards the end of July, Musk said that a Model 3 configurator - the options drivers have to customize their vehicle - would be going live.

Originally it was reported that the Model Y would share its platform with the Model 3, but instead Tesla has made a decision to base the Model Y on an entirely new platform.

Range: The Model 3 is expected to run 215 miles on a single charge. The Model Y seems a bit bulkier and more sturdy than the previous-gen Tesla models, but we can not say anything truly conclusive at this moment. While production of Model 3 has been the most talked thing, another important thing is the price of the vehicle with different battery packs and options.

Alright, so the good news is that the Model 3 is totally on schedule.

Today, we've only been handed down the teaser image attached above and it doesn't reveal much about the electric vehicle, except for the a certain design change that seems to be underway. At a Tesla shareholder's meeting, company boss Elon Musk confirmed that the new compact crossover will be ready to hit the roads in 2019.

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"I think actually we made a mistake in trying to derive the Model X from the model S platform", Musk said.

"It would've been better to just design an SUV the way an SUV should be designed".

In fact, the way the S and X share the same platform - a logical and cost-saving move made by many auto manufacturers who produce similar vehicles on the same chassis - was key to the Model X's delayed launch, Musk said, reports The Verge. Tesla may build a new factory for the Model Y, while batteries and other components will be supplied by the existing Gigafactory in Nevada. Tesla's flagship Model S and Model X have approximately 3 km of wiring within the vehicle, while the Model 3 will have roughly half of that at 1.5km of wiring. Musk said yesterday that he is collaborating with potential customers to design the machine, which will be unveiled sometime in September.

Guarantee: With electric cars, the biggest risk is if something happens to the battery, your auto goes bust. Also seen is Tesla's attempt to get rid of the ORVMs, which they had tried to do with the Model X but failed since it did not comply with regulations in most countries. "A lot of people have ordered (the Model 3)".

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