General Motors and Tesla often find themselves mentioned in the same sentece—like right now. It happens since both companies happen to offer affordable electric cars for the masses. Though, the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is more widely available than Tesla’s highly anticipated Model 3 sedan.
But, Tesla is reportedly working to pump out 6,000 Model 3 sedans per week by the end of May, and a Reuters report claims Tesla’s electric crossover is coming soon, too. The publication reported that the Model Y crossover should enter production in 2019, per sources that spoke anonymously of the production plans.
Rival GM does not offer a battery-electric crossover currently, though we know the automaker has two electric cars coming in less than 18 months. One very well could be a crossover or SUV, and the recent Buick Enspire EV concept could preview one of the two.
Tesla is notorious for missing production deadlines, however, but sources told Reuters that the electric-car maker has sent out “requests for information” or RFIs. The RFI gives suppliers a picture of what will be needed for a vehicle’s production and starts the competitive bidding process. One of the sources told the outlet the timeline is “aggressive, but feasible.”
Most automakers begin the RFI process when they’re two or two-and-one-half years away from production, which makes Tesla’s timeline very ambitious. Tesla declined to comment on the leaked information.