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Tesla had a huge 2016.
And the company hasn’t slowed down in 2017.
So far this year the company has changed its name from Tesla Motors to Tesla, started rolling out its latest Autopilot system, and raised more than $1 billion in capital to help it ramp up production for the Model 3. But CEO Elon Musk has a lot more planned for the company in 2017.
Here’s a look at everything we know so far about what Tesla plans to accomplish this year.
Reveal details about the Tesla car sharing network
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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.
“You will also be able to add your car to the Tesla shared fleet just by tapping a button on the Tesla phone app and have it generate income for you while you’re at work or on vacation, significantly offsetting and at times potentially exceeding the monthly loan or lease cost.”
In October, the company said owners would only be able to use their vehicle on its ride-hailing network for revenue purposes, and that it would reveal more details about Tesla’s network in 2017.
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.
“I feel pretty good about this goal. We’ll be able to do a demonstration guide of full autonomy all the way from LA to New York. So basically from home in LA to Times Square in New York. And then have the car go and park itself by the end of next year,” he said.
Ramp up battery cell production at the Gigafactory
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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.
Producing the batteries at the Gigafactory will bring down costs, enabling the company to price its Model 3 at about $35,000.
Begin production of solar cells and panels at new factory in Buffalo, New York
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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.
Host another Model 3 event showcasing more of the car’s features
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While Tesla unveiled the Model 3 last March, the company has yet to reveal some important details about the car.
Specifically, the company has not yet revealed what the car’s interior will look like. And while we know the car will have a range of at least 215 miles, Tesla has hinted that it could be even greater.
Begin production of the Model 3
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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.
Reinvent the factory
Musk has big plans to reinvent manufacturing at Tesla’s factories so that he can reach his goal of producing 500,000 cars a year by 2018.
In November last year, Tesla acquired Grohmann Engineering, a German engineering firm that specializes in designing systems for manufacturing automation to help it with this effort.
“As the machine that builds the machine, our factories are so important that we believe they will ultimately deserve an order of magnitude more attention in engineering than what they produce. At very high production volumes, the factory becomes more of a product than the product itself,” Musk said in a statement in November.
Musk said the expertise the acquisition brings will help Tesla reach its goal of becoming the “best manufacturer in the world.”
Begin selling Tesla Solar Roof
Tesla originally unveiled it solar shingles at an event in October.
At the time, Musk said that the company plans to offer four types of shingles to match the aesthetic of a person’s home. Production for the shingles is expected to begin mid-2017, at which time consumers will also be able to place orders for a solar roof. It’s also likely that Tesla’s solar roof will cost less than a normal roof, Musk said.
Select the location of the second Gigafactory
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In November, Musk said that Tesla plans to establish a combined vehicle and Gigafactory in Europe, where both batteries and vehicles can be produced on site. Tesla plans to eventually have at least one, if not multiple, battery and vehicles facilities in Europe, he said.
However, it will likely be awhile before this hybrid factory becomes a reality. The company will begin looking for locations for its second Gigafactory this year, but it’s unclear when construction will actually get under way.