Tesla Model Y platform could usher in new era of car manufacturing; Australian Model 3 customers in the dark about delivery

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Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk smiles as he attends a forum on startups in Hong Kong, China January 26, 2016. Reuters/Bobby Yip

Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are highly awaited electric vehicles. However, more than 200 Australians are in the dark as they have no clue when the Model 3 will be delivered despite their $1,500 deposits.

Tesla started taking local orders for the electric sedan on March 2016. Early customers queued to pre-order. Now, they do not know where they stand in the waiting list of 400,000. The EC has reportedly gone into full-scale production in the United States. CEO Elon Musk also tweeted a photo of the sedan.

Fresh reports suggest that Aussie customers should not expect delivery before 2019, However, by that time, Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz will have their own electric cars ready to be released in the market, reports News.com.au.

Musk recently revealed that Telsa will hold a Model 3 handover event on July 28. The production vehicle looks slightly different from the pre-alpha design the company showed in 2016. Tesla is also said to be ramping up service operations after hiring and training more than 1,000 technicians to meet the expected demand. The company is adding 100 new service centres across the globe, taking the total to 250 centres. Tesla’s mobile service fleet is also expanding with 350 repair vans already added.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Tesla is developing a completely new platform for the Model Y. Even though the vehicle is still a few years away, Musk has already started teasing the vehicle. Developing a new platform takes immense time and resources. This could mean a change in Tesla plans. It is possible that the company has started preparing for its next generation vehicles. The Model Y platform may lead to more automation in the production process, ValueWalk writes.

The Tesla Model Y is expected to cost more or less the same as the Model 3. In June, Musk told investors and the media that he is planning to set up a new manufacturing facility for the Model Y SUV, which could debut in 2019 or 2020. There is no information on where the plant will be set up and how much it will cost. The new facility will have major manufacturing improvements that will allow the EV maker to manufacture cars no one has ever done before. Arizona, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico and California could soon be throwing tax incentives and other benefits to get the plant done in their state.

Tesla has never done anything on a small scale. Hence, the Tesla Model Y platform will definitely be huge. Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on Tesla vehicles.