For better or worse, Elon Musk has a habit of brightening up dull Friday afternoons and today is no different. The Tesla CEO has announced when we’ll see the Model Y crossover SUV unveiled.
The e-car pioneer says the design is almost complete with a prototype vehicle pencilled in for a March 2019 reveal. Musk floated the idea of March 15 – the infamous Ides of March – but says that was “kind of” a joke.
In a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg, Musk said: “We’ve almost finished the design in the studio of Model Y, and we will probably debut the prototype, you know, roughly in March of next year. Maybe I shouldn’t tempt fate, but I did say March 15 as kind of a joke.
“We’re a few months away from finishing the design. You finish the broad brush strokes, but there are still a lot of fine brush strokes. The broad brush strokes, we’re maybe a few months away from finishing.”
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For those whose Roman history is a little rusty, the Ides of March marks the day Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated after his top-ranking senators conspired against him. Given recent reports suggesting Tesla shareholders might be looking to topple the founder and CEO, Musk’s attempt as humour is deliciously dark.
Model 3 ‘Hell’
Naturally, Musk was asked about Tesla’s massive struggles in getting the Model 3 off the production line and into the driveways of the 400,000+ people who pre-ordered the affordable sedan. The company finally achieved its production goal of 5,000 cars recently, with Musk saying he went through Hell to get there.
“It’s been super-hard. Like there is for sure some permanent mental scar tissue here. But I do feel good about the months to come. I think the results will speak for themselves.
Later he says: “Basically, I believe Model 3 is the last bet-the-company situation. We will still need to work hard and be vigilant and not be complacent because it is very difficult just to survive as a car company. But it will not be the same level of strain as getting to volume production of Model 3.”
Musk is also planning a new version of the Roadster sports car, a pick-up truck and a massive lorry.
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