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Tesla has full pipeline after slow ramp-up of Model 3

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Roadster: 250 mph top speed

Tesla’s challenging Model 3 production ramp-up has delayed output of the $35,000 Standard Range base version, but the company still has a full plate of updates and new products planned.

A future flagship Roadster and semitruck have provided Tesla with customer deposits, and brisk crossover demand has raised anticipation for the Model Y. Meanwhile, the aging Model S and Model X have had flattening sales, and interior updates in late 2019 are expected to carry them through to 2021 redesigns.

The major question hanging over many of the planned products: Where will they be built? Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the company’s Fremont, Calif., factory is full, leaving observers to speculate that future products will be built at a new plant near Shanghai or possibly at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory.

Small vehicle: Musk has said Tesla could build a $25,000 vehicle as early as 2021. This contradicted his Master Plan, Part Deux, which stated that “a lower cost vehicle than Model 3 is unlikely to be necessary.” Tesla has given no further details about a lower-cost vehicle.

Model 3: The much-anticipated $35,000 base version will go into production in the first quarter of 2019, according to Musk. He has said Tesla would have started production of the affordable electric car that is intended to fulfill the promise of his 2006 “top secret master plan,” but the company must first hit its target production rate for pricier Model 3 versions. Shipping the base version right away would “cause Tesla to lose money & die,” he tweeted on May 20.

Model S: The sedan’s interior is expected to be freshened in the third quarter of 2019, harmonizing Tesla’s older products with the Model 3 by consolidating controls into a single horizontally oriented touch screen. A redesign is expected in 2021.

Roadster: Tesla unveiled a flagship performance car concept in November. It said a 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack would give the Roadster a 600-mile range, a 250 mph top speed and 1.9-second acceleration from 0 to 60 mph. With three electric motors, a retractable hard top and seating for four, the $200,000 base Roadster is to enter production in 2020. Musk has hinted that a compressed-air “cold air thruster” system would included in an available SpaceX package.


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