The Tesla Model Y Rolls Out With a 2020 Delivery Date | Inverse
Earlier reports note that Tesla plans to produce somewhere around 1 million Model Y vehicles per year, far more than the company’s total all-time deliveries in the United States alone. The company’s Chinese Gigafactory will play a big role in this: The 210-acre site in Lingang, a district in the southeast of Shanghai, will produce 250,000 cars per year, covering both Model 3 and Model Y.
One major issue that Tesla will be keen to avoid is the “production hell” that plagued the Model 3. A recent report revealed how Musk came to executives at the start of production and described an “alien dreadnought” factory, with robots seamlessly shifting parts at speed to fire out cars. Unfortunately, this highly automated factory produced just over 200 cars in the last quarter of 2017 despite plans to produce 5,000 per week by December, and in April 2018, the company had radically shifted course to incorporate more humans in the process. Musk would later describe excessive automation as a “mistake” and humans as “underrated.”