Elon Musk: love him or hate him, you can’t say he’s running out of ideas. The tech entrepreneur’s company Tesla is at the forefront of modern development in electric vehicles, and has some exciting plans in store for the rest of this year.
From CUVs to semi-trucks to taxi networks, these projects are expected to be big parts of Tesla’s plans for 2020, as the company continues to push the envelope for clean energy and electric car technology.
Here’s what Tesla has in store for this year.
Expect the Model Y to Have Hit the Roads by the Time You Become a Mechanic
First unveiled in March of last year, the Model Y is expected to enter the production phase in early 2020, with “volume production” anticipated in the middle of the year. Around 5,000 Model Y vehicles per week are expected to be produced at Tesla’s factories in California and Shanghai, and reports have indicated that the company has already begun testing it.
By the time you become a mechanic, the electric compact CUV will likely be available at two performance levels: a dual motor all-wheel drive version, and a long range equivalent. The trucks will have a top speed of 193 and 241 km/h, respectively.
The Tesla Semi May Also See the Light of Day in 2020
If you are interested in working with trucks during your auto mechanic career, you’ll be pleased to know that this Tesla project may finally get its moment in the sun this year. Having first been announced in 2017 and scheduled for release in 2019, the Tesla Semi has seen its share of delays along the way.
However, Tesla announced last October that “limited volumes” of the electric semi-truck would enter production in 2020, with the company later confirming it would take place during the second half of the year.
The Semi is currently being tested at both Tesla’s Fremont facility in California and in locales with colder climates. It is said to boast stellar traction from its motor control and electric powertrain, and Musk expects it to reach a range of 500 miles (805 km) within a single charge.
The Gigafactory 4 in Berlin Is Also Expected to Be Constructed This Year
Tesla is anticipated to begin construction on its fourth “gigafactory” manufacturing plant, located in Berlin, Germany. Also known as “Giga Berlin”, Gigafactory 4 was announced by Musk in November 2019, and will oversee the production of vehicles, powertrains, batteries, and battery packs.
The factory is expected to be one of the sites where many Model 3, Model Y and other future vehicles will be built, and the site itself will cover a whopping 300 hectares of land. Tesla expects production to reach 500,000 vehicles annually, with the plant slated for opening in July 2021.
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