There could be a reason why.
The Tesla Cybertruck may be stealing all of the headlines since its debut late last month, but another new vehicle from the California-based electric vehicle automaker is due to go into production first. Anyone remember the Tesla Model Y? Well, there's an update regarding its production start date status.
According to Teslarati, via Asian publication Taiwan Economic Daily, Tesla may be prepping to begin Model Y production earlier than expected. The report claims suppliers have been notified to begin manufacturing the crossover's components as soon as Q4 of 2019. That's right now. Turns out this parts production start date is six months earlier than initially planned. Originally, the plan was to get Model Y production up and running in summer 2020. Tesla had no comment on the report.
What could be the reason for the unexpected but welcomed change of schedule? Although we're only speculating, one key reason could be the all-new Ford Mustang Mach-E. According to Ford, its first-ever all-electric performance SUV will go on sale as a 2021 model by the end of 2020. It would make some sense for Tesla to get things up and running faster in order to better contend with the new competition. Remember, Musk originally said Model Y deliveries would commence in the fall of 2020 – exactly when the first Mustang Mach-E buyers receive their purchases.
For now, Tesla continues to be mum on the subject. It would come as no surprise to see Elon Musk announce on Twitter the earlier than expected delivery date. This would not only satisfy those who put down deposits, but also shareholders. The Tesla Model Y will not only go to battle against the Ford Mustang Mach-E, but also other new segment players such as the Audi Q4 e-tron and BMW iX3. Getting the Model Y on the road as soon as possible and problem-free is vital.