Elon Musk, took the high road yesterday announcing that the upcoming crossover, will not be based on an entirely new platform as he had said earlier. The tentatively named Model Y crossover will be based on the Model 3’s platform. We say he took the high road because if he had chosen to develop a new platform, there would be mounting costs of R&D followed by additional production costs and such. Now those costs would eventually filter down to the customer, and there’s the fact that re-inventing the wheel at every opportunity just isn’t a sustainable model.Not that Elon Musk had not thought of this before, the idea was to develop a new platform that would ditch the typical 12-volt battery architecture, Now this would in turn help cut down on production line resource requirement for each individual car, but on the flip side, it would also mean a seriously off-the-charts production overhead. It was just much simpler and cheaper to use the Model 3’s foundation as it is.
We assume the decision was partly pushed forward by investors and his obviously overworked engineers, it just doesn’t make competitive sense to do it. The Model Y like anyone else’s cross-over is likely to be no more than a beefed up station wagon on stilts, which means that inventing new architecture would be pointless. Or as he put it “walked him back from the cliff of insanity".
Now, Tesla remains adamant however that they will take a stab at changing the wiring architecture to get rid of the Lead-acid battery that powers the in-car electronics. This should ideally make it much simpler to build and much cheaper to own. We can expect the “Falcon” winged cross-over to hit international markets by end 2019 early 2020. Earlier than previously expected since they don’t have to worry about redoing an entirely new platform.