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Tesla video teases unnamed vehicle under a sheet, and new Roadster accelerating

A new Tesla video teases footage of factories, employees and a planned second-generation Roadster, which is supposed to be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 May, 2018, 12:56pm
UPDATED : Friday, 11 May, 2018, 12:58pm

By Robert Ferris

A new video Tesla posted to YouTube on Wednesday shows an image of an unnamed vehicle partially hidden by a sheet, and footage of passengers reacting to the acceleration of Tesla’s planned second-generation Roadster.

The video, first pointed out by electric vehicle blog Electrek, is a stab at generating hype around Tesla’s brand days after CEO Elon Musk behaved antagonistically toward Wall Street analysts during the company’s first-quarter earnings conference call.

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Some of the viewers on the video and in other venues are speculating the vehicle under the sheet is the planned Model Y, a crossover based on the Tesla Model 3 sedan, a US$35,000 mass market vehicle which is in high demand, but which Tesla has struggled to produce.

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Tesla was not immediately available for comment.

On the call, Musk said Tesla will make the Model Y easier to produce than previous products. The Model 3 has been plagued both by repeatedly missed production targets, and reports of a high volume of flawed parts and extensive rework on vehicles .

“There’s no question we could have made the Model 3 much easier to produce than we have,” Musk said. “I think Model Y is going to be a manufacturing revolution.”

Tesla is so far planning to begin production on the Model Y in 2020, Musk said on the call, later than the 2019 production date Reuters had previously reported.

Tesla plans to choose a facility for the Model Y no later than the fourth-quarter, but will not be making it at Tesla’s Fremont production plant, which is already “jammed to the gills,” Musk said on the call.

The second-generation Roadster was unveiled along with the Tesla Semi in November of last year. Among other things, the Roadster is supposed to go from 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. Tesla is currently taking US$50,000 reservations for the Roadster, which will have a US$200,000 base price.

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