Musk hypes Tesla ute, says Model Y coming 2020

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Prototype of Tesla’s all-electric SUV crossover, the Model Y, approved for production, but Elon Musk most excited by Tesla Ute.

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The prototype of the Model Y, the all-electric SUV crossover planned by Tesla, has been approved for production by Elon Musk, but it seems that the CEO and founder is most excited by the one of the products that will follow –   the Tesla Ute.

The Model Y is due to be the next model that the carmaker intends to add to its stable of EVs, completing the S3XY series that began with the Model S, and is continued by the Model 3 and Model X.

In this week’s earnings call, Musk confirmed that “we’ve made significant progress on the Model Y,” and he has approved the prototype. Volume production and sales are slated for 2020.

Musk has previously said the Model Y could be produced as soon as March 2019 – albeit in a tongue in cheek tweet from May 2018, in which he threw out the date March 15 as a reference to the Ides of March (perhaps because the introduction of a Tesla SUV will amount to the assassination of other carmakers?).

He followed that up though with the comment that Tesla watchers could “consider it real”.

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