Tesla CEO Elon Musk could be considered an overachiever.
Even that is putting it lightly; after all, this is the same serial entrepreneur who wants to build a new civilisation on Mars. When it comes to Musk, even the sky isn’t the limit.
We decided to round up everything Musk has planned for Tesla so we can keep track of his progress. Scroll down for a closer look:
We can't emphasise enough what a lofty target this is for Tesla. The electric car maker struggled with production of both the Model X and Model S, resulting in delivery delays. Tesla will have to execute on production of its legacy luxury cars while ramping up production for its new Model 3.
Musk originally planned to reach the 500,000-vehicle target in 2020, but bumped it up two years when Tesla witnessed the high demand for the Model 3. We'll have to see whether Tesla can overcome its previous production woes and finally become a mass carmaker.
That brings us to the Model 3. Tesla plans to exponentially ramp up production for the new sedan, from 1,500 cars per month in September to 20,000 per month in December.
Musk has openly said that the company will experience 'production hell' to churn the cars out on that scale. The Model 3 is Tesla's first mass-market vehicle, making this production cycle the most important one yet.
Tesla will be testing a new production strategy for the Model 3 that some pro-union workers say could lead to issues down the line. We'll keep an eye out to see if Tesla is on track with its goals once September ends.
Tesla needs to seriously automate its factory if it wants to achieve its lofty production goals. That's why Musk said he plans to 'turn the factory itself into a product.' Tesla plans to speed up the assembly lines by 5 or 10 fold in 2018.
Tesla plans to unveil two electric trucks. One, a semi-truck, will be revealed this September. A pick-up truck is slated for a reveal before mid-2019.
Musk has said the electric truck can be driven around 'like a sports car' because it's so 'spry.' The truck will also come equipped with self-driving tech and it is expected to have a range of 200-300 miles per charge, Reuters reported.
Other details have been kept under wraps until the big reveal, but we know it will face competition from Daimler, Mercedes' parent company.
Tesla in November acquired SolarCity in a deal worth $US2.1 billion. The company was previously run by Musk's cousin, Lyndon Rive, while Musk served as chairman of its board.
Just before the acquisition, Tesla and SolarCity unveiled a new solar roof product to show the vision for the two companies. The product is a roof tile that can capture solar energy and is more aesthetically appealing than traditional solar panels.
Tesla in May started accepting orders for the solar roof and plans to begin installing the shingles on customers' homes before the end of the year, though demand for the product is still unclear. The company has already started installing the product on employees' homes.
Customers can currently order Tesla's smooth and textured glass tiles, but the company also plans to sell two other tile options in 2018: French slate and Tuscan. By mid-2018, customers should be able to order all four of the solar roof options.
To make the solar roof a reality, Tesla will open up a factory in Buffalo, New York. Production is set to begin before the end of the year.
Tesla is currently building pilot solar roof products at its factory in Fremont, California, but Buffalo will handle mass production.
The state of New York is spending $US750 million on the Buffalo solar plant as part of an economic revitalization project called the Buffalo Billion initiative spearheaded by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. SolarCity had pledged $US150 million toward the plant, which Tesla is now calling Gigafactory 2.
Tesla originally said the demo will occur before the end of 2017. Musk, however, said in August that the drive may occur in early 2018. So we'll be curious to see when exactly the grand reveal of the technology will be ready.
The cross-country drive will signal that Tesla's self-driving tech is ready for prime time and isn't just a pie-in-the-sky concept. Tesla began installing self-driving hardware on new vehicles in Oct. 2016. That hardware will also support Tesla's second-generation Autopilot system, but Tesla has yet to release all of the new features via software updates.
Tesla plans to release an Uber competitor called Tesla Network, but it's unclear when we can expect it to go live.
It looks like Tesla won't make a push into the ride-hailing business until it's self-driving tech is ready. Musk's vision for Tesla Network involves users adding their car to a shared fleet, which can then autonomously pick-up other people up. This would generate income for Tesla owners while they are on vacation or at work.
'In cities where demand exceeds the supply of customer-owned cars, Tesla will operate its own fleet, ensuring you can always hail a ride from us no matter where you are,' Musk wrote in his 'Master Plan, Part Deux.'
Musk said the feature was 'coming soon' in response to an Aug. 30 tweet. Tesla cars are equipped with eight cameras to help power Autopilot, but owners aren't able to see the video stream without a dashcam.
Perhaps the biggest perk of owning a Tesla is access to its massive Supercharger network, which can restore 170 miles of range in just 30 minutes. Tesla plans to double the number of Superchargers by the end of the year.
Tesla also wants its entire network of Superchargers to run on solar power and batteries, but has not finalised a time table for that conversion.
Musk has said that the company's next-generation Roadster will be able to beat the Model S, but that we shouldn't expect one for a few more years. There have been reports that Tesla's new Roadster will launch in 2019, but an exact date hasn't been confirmed.
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