It has been a strange few weeks for Tesla. Stores have been opened and stores have closed, a $ 35,000 model has appeared, the SEC has asked a federal judge to accuse CEO Elon Musk of disdaining the judge. But drown it all out, people, because tonight it was all about that old school Musk magic. On the LA stage, he unveiled Tesla & # 39; s newest, largest offering, the Model Y, his first baby SUV.
Relive Thursday's unveiling event in our live blog below and don't forget to catch up on our latest Model Y coverage here.
9 PM PDT
And we're done! Elon seemed to have a lot of fun with the audience during this unveiling, cracking lots of jokes and giggling for the outbursts of (adoring) tellers. But the whole thing was quite short – only about 30 minutes – and the CEO of Tesla spent most of his time looking at how far his small-electric-vehicle-company-that-could have come. We have so many more questions! Keep up to date with wired.com for what we know about the Model Y.
8:57 PM PDT
A big surprise: Model Y has seven seats! But it won't have hinged doors. Here is my big question: what will become of the Model X?
8:55 PM PDT
And we have some price information! Tesla says the Performance Model Y will appear in the fall of 2020, with a range of 280 miles, a top speed of 150 mph, a time of 0 to 60 of 3.5 seconds and a price tag of $ 60,000. The Dual Motor AWD is also planned for fall 2020, with a range of 280 miles, a top speed of 135 mph, a 0 to 60 sprint of 4.8 seconds and a price tag of $ 51,000. Next in the fall of 2020: the long-distance model Y, with a top speed of 300 miles from the range, for $ 47,000. Finally, the standard range Model Y will be released in the spring of 2021 with a range of 230 miles for a cool $ 39,000.
8:50 PM PDT
Finally it's here! Dressed in blue, the Model Y comes on stage. It is a bit larger than the Model 3, with a higher roof and a third row, so it is suitable for seven. Musk starts by talking about safety, and a bit about performance, and says it will be as functional as an SUV, but just as fun to drive as a sports car. The large battery pack in the floor helps to keep the center of gravity low, and the motor delivers a time of 3.5 seconds from 0 to 60 km / h. Range: 300 miles.
8:48 PM PDT
We have an update on the Tesla infrastructure: 1,400 supercharging stations and 12,000+ superchargers in 36+ countries. The Canadians in the audience express dissatisfaction and ask Elon: "I specifically asked for a Saskatchewan supercharger and I was told it is under construction." (Musk & # 39; s grandfather is from the Canadian province.) He also promises a station in Kazakhstan, great news for Kazakh Tesla owners. And it feels like he has almost no more things to say that are not about Model Y. We hope …
8:45 PM PDT
Elon has gone to the factory part of his presentation, with the Nevada Gigafactory and the one in production in Shanghai, which he says would be ready at the end of the year. I wouldn't call this a "tight five," but the audience seems to be eating this.
8:30 PM PDT
Play the hits, Musk: the Roadster, the Model S, the Model X, the Model 3. (Elon confirms that "S" stands for "sedan", not "saloon".) The story of the company, according to Elon, is a lot "They couldn't say we could do it … and then we did it!" What, fair enough! He notes that he would have called Model 3 the Model E to spell S-E-X, but that Ford was the trademark & # 39; Model E & # 39; has. & # 39; Ford has killed sex. & # 39;
8:25 PM PDT
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, is an onstage black shirt, black jacket, black pants, custom made Nike sneakers from the Tesla brand and starts talking history. "There was a time when electric cars seemed very stupid," he says. He rolls along Tesla models, starting with the Roadster. "It's a bit small," he says. Next we see the sedan of model S, the sedan of model X SUV and model 3.
8:22 AM PDT
It begins! Discover here how you can tune.
8 p.m. PDT
We have reached official show time, but like every rock star, Elon Musk tends to leave the stage a little late. In the meantime, we will remind you that Model Y is not just a general deal for Tesla, it completes something like a quartet, so Tesla's current setup includes Model S, Model X, and Model 3. Get it? S3XY. (Ford has the "Model E" trademark.)