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Musk says Tesla Model Y will be a 'manufacturing revolution'

by Justin King

\"We do not want to go through this [the Model 3] pain again,\" the executive says.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reaffirmed his promise to bring the Model Y to market without the headaches that have plagued Model 3 production.

The automaker had said the Model 3 was designed to be produced in large volumes in a fully automated factory. Musk recently admitted the focus on automation went a bit too far, however, and slowed the projected ramp.

"There's no question we could have made the Model 3 much easier to produce than we have," Musk told analysts during the recent quarterly earnings call. "Model Y is going to be a manufacturing revolution."

The company has already nudged its largest ambitions out of the way, deciding against building the Y on a new platform architecture and pushing the expected production window from 2019 to 2020.

The Model S, X and 3 assembly lines apparently take up too much space in Fremont already, requiring a different factory to be selected for the Y.

"We just could not fit the Model Y production at Fremont," Musk said. "We are jammed to the gills here."

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