5 Things Tesla Plans to Accomplish by the end of 2017

Tesla 2017

1. Drive a Tesla in autonomous mode across the country

A Tesla vehicle will drive in fully autonomous mode from LA to New York City by the end of 2017, Musk said during a press call.

2. Reveal details about the Tesla car sharing network

In July of 2016, Musk revealed that Tesla would launch its own ride-hailing network.  At the time, Musk said in a company blog post that once Tesla vehicles are fully autonomous, the company will set up a shared fleet program that enables owners to make money off their car by letting other people use it.

3. Begin production of solar cells and panels at new factory in Buffalo, New York

SolarCity, which was acquired by Tesla in November, is slated to begin production of solar cells at its new manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York this summer. The company seems to be one track to meet this timeline. According to the Buffalo News, SolarCity has already started hiring plant workers.

4. Ramp up battery cell production at the Gigafactory

Tesla and its battery partner Panasonic began cell production at the Gigafactory in January, but the company plans to ramp up production ahead of its Model 3 launch.  The battery cells currently in production are being used for Tesla’s rechargeable home battery, Powerwall 2, as well as its massive commercial battery, Powerpack 2. However, Tesla said in a statement in January that it aims to begin production of battery cells for the Model 3, its first mass-market car, sometime in the second quarter. Producing the batteries at the Gigafactory will bring down costs, enabling the company to price its Model 3 at about $35,000.

5. Begin production of the Model 3

Tesla plans to begin production of the Model 3 mid-year and plans to begin deliveries near the end of the year. However, according to Tesla’s website, any new orders won’t be delivered until 2018 or later.