"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."