Spread the love

Elon Musk will take the stage tonight at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, California, to unveil the Model Y, his electric automaker’s latest model. So far, we don’t know much about the Y beyond the basics. It will be a small SUV. It will of course be all-electric. And it will be Tesla’s fourth model currently on sale, completing what we’ll call the four sexies—that’s the Model S, X, 3, and Y. (Ford owns the copyright to the name Model E, so ‘3’ had to do.)

At the event, Musk will lay out the car’s specs, special features, and design highlights. Tesla will also offer test rides in the car, though past experience says attendees won’t get behind the wheel themselves—these cars are early prototypes, and the events usually have an open bar. As a bonus, given today’s holiday status, Musk told his Twitter followers that this event will come “with pie.”

Adding an SUV to its lineup is a logical next step for Tesla, which is establishing itself in the market as a mass automaker and fending off new battery-powered challenges from its more established competitors. Car buyers, in America especially, are so enamored of SUVs that both Ford and GM have recently announced they will no longer build cars for the US—focusing instead on SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks. As the young automaker works to bring in new customers, it’s looking to give people what they want.

This process started more than a decade ago with the Roadster, a two-seat sports car it used to prove that electric cars can offer compelling performance. (It stopped building the car in 2012, but is preparing a revamped model to arrive next year.) The Model S sedan followed, and then the Model X, an SUV with room for seven. Those were luxury vehicles, often selling for $100,000 or more.

That changed with the Model 3, the smaller sedan that Tesla had promised for years as the car that would bring electric driving to the masses. It took Tesla a couple of years to work its way through “production hell” and get to a point where it can sell the car for the long-promised $35,000 price point, which it reached just last month. And Tesla is coming off two quarters in which it posted profits—a rare feat for the company.

So now feels like the perfect time for Musk to introduce his new baby, one meant to expand Tesla’s appeal to yet more customers.

How to Watch

The Model Y reveal is scheduled to start at 8pm Pacific tonight, though Musk has a habit of kicking things off a bit late.

As with past events, Tesla will be live streaming this one on its website. You can find that at https://livestream.tesla.com/, though the page is asking visitors to register with their name, email address, and phone number, promising to send an invite to watch along “in the hours leading up to the event.” And if you can handle the wait (or don’t feel like staying up past midnight or later depending on your time zone), it will likely put the whole thing on its YouTube page afterward.

Facebook Comments

Related Post

Ted Cruz’s Space Pirates Comments Top This Week’s Inte... You know it's been a rough week when Britney Spears apparently withdraws from performing, Grumpy Cat dies, and a sparkly vampire turns into a bat—and those aren't even the worst stories ou...
Why You Should Take Site Speed More Seriously Designing a compelling website involves many elements, from fonts and images to interactive features and calls-to-action. Yet many marketers neglect one important detail: site speed. ...
Equity transcribed: Away’s $1.4B valuation and CrowdStrike’s S-1... Welcome back to another transcribed edition of Equity, the wildly popular TechCrunch podcast that digs deep into the week’s news about … equity. There were no IPOs this week so there was o...
Like *Game of Thrones* Languages? Here’s How to Make Your Ow... Dothraki. High Valyrian. Those languages on Game of Thrones sound so, so cool. If you're ambitious, you can learn to speak them on your own—and some fans have—but if you really, really wan...

Spread the love

Posted by Contributor