Tesla is coming off a big 2019 with a rise in production and new products. Tesla in 2020 will bring some of the following, and more, to the market!
1. Tesla Model Y
The Model Y is quite likely going to become Tesla’s quickest turnaround from the process of unveiling, through to production.
The electric crossover was unveiled in March, and with Tesla being on track for “volume production” in mid-2020, it most probably means that production is going to start in early 2020 – less than one year after it was unveiled.
It was however unveiled to mixed reviews!
Some thought it was nothing more than a larger Model 3 with a hatch, while others worked out that’s exactly what most people want!
The compact SUV has been booming and several automakers have already launched electric offerings in the space. If the success the Model 3 has been having in the mid-size sedan market is any indication, it has the potential to be something special.
2. Tesla Model S Refresh & Plaid
Tesla ended up focusing on the Model 3 ramp-up and bringing Model Y to production.
The automaker is also working on introducing its new ‘Plaid’ tri-motor powertrain and we believe Tesla might be planning to release both the performance improvements and the new interior at the same time.
3. Tesla App Store
While Tesla hasn’t officially announced anything on that front, we expect that the automaker is bringing an App store-like platform to allow developers to release apps and games for Tesla vehicles.
Since Tesla launched the Model S in 2012, the automaker has talked on and off about releasing a software development kit (SDK) to create a full third-party app ecosystem on its giant touchscreens.
The automaker has since made an unofficial API that enables some very basic third-party apps, but it hasn’t released an SDK.
Elon Musk recently said that Tesla could open a platform for apps and games as the fleet grows and the fleet is going to grow a lot in 2020.
4. New Tesla Battery
Earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that they built Model 3 to last as long as a commercial truck, a million miles, and the battery modules should last between 300,000 miles and 500,000 miles.
The CEO claimed that Tesla has a new battery coming up next year that will last a million miles.
Furthermore, everything points to Tesla not only developing a new battery chemistry for manufacturers to build for them but also to plans for Tesla to build those batteries themselves.
Over the last year, the automaker has acquired several companies with experience building batteries or battery manufacturing equipment.
Tesla officials have already all but confirmed that it’s going to manufacture its own battery cells.
5. Tesla Semi
When Tesla unveiled its all-electric heavy-duty truck, the Tesla Semi, back in 2017, the automaker announced that it will be released in 2019.
The company has since delayed the all-electric truck despite having taken thousands of reservations with deposits.
Earlier this year, Tesla said that it plans for electric truck production to start ‘with limited volumes’ in 2020.
The automaker has yet to confirm a production facility for the Tesla Semi. We heard rumours that Tesla plans to build the truck at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada.
That’s likely the case for the powertrain at least since all-new Tesla powertrain production happens at Gigafactory 1, but there are also other rumours going around about Tesla partnering with an outside manufacturer for the production of the body of the electric truck.
CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla aims to manufacture 100,000 electric trucks per year.
Over the past two years, Tesla has been taking reservations for the electric truck and said that the production versions will have 300-mile and 500-mile range versions