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Tesla Is Making Over 2,000 Model 3s a Week, Falling Just Short of Its Goal ( 233

According to an email from Elon Musk, Tesla has increased its production of its mass-market electric Model 3 to over 2,000 units per week. "It's an impressive ramp up of production, but it still falls short of Musk's goal of 2,500 Model 3s per week by the end of the first quarter of 2018," reports The Verge. From the report: In the companywide email (which was obtained by Jalopnik, Electrek, and Autonocast host Ed Niedermeyer), Musk sounds a celebratory note on the 2,000-vehicle per week benchmark, while ignoring the larger issue of missed deadlines: "It has been extremely difficult to pass the 2,000 cars per week rate for Model 3, but we are finally there. If things go as planned today, we will comfortably exceed that number over a seven-day period! Moreover, the whole Tesla production system is now on a firm foundation for that output, which means we should be able to exceed a combined Model S, X, and 3 production rate of 4,000 vehicles per week and climbing rapidly. This is already double the pace of 2017! By the end of this year, I believe we will be producing vehicles at least four times faster than last year." With Q1 now behind us, we can expect to see Tesla report its official production numbers to investors sometime this week.
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Tesla Is Making Over 2,000 Model 3s a Week, Falling Just Short of Its Goal

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  • Over promise (Score:2, Redundant)

    under deliver.

  • by Michael Woodhams ( 112247 ) on Monday April 02, 2018 @08:51PM (#56370169) Journal []

    However, their methods are inexact. They are doing the best they can without access to inside knowledge. Musk has inside knowledge, and there are laws against lying to the stock market.

  • by stabiesoft ( 733417 ) on Monday April 02, 2018 @09:06PM (#56370231) Homepage

    their employees to work extra hard, I am surprised he missed at all. I was expecting him to fudge it up to 2400 or 2500 for the week ending Q1 by doing whatever (stop X/S production and reassign bodies, hold cars from the prior week, ...) and then go back to the 1200/wk. Technically he is not lying then. But we will see as Q2 moves along. Bloomberg is likely going to keep tallying up deliveries. It will be interesting what happens tomorrow on share price.

  • "After throwing practically every resource in the company at getting Model 3s out the door, we managed to make 2000 in one week."

    We'll see if it sustains. Given how badly he needed some positive scrap of news to come out to try to stop the stock price, bond rating, etc., from cratering further, I remain skeptical.

    • by Rei ( 128717 )

      Reminder: at the end of Q4, it was ~250/wk average in December, a ~450/wk average in January, and an "extrapolated" 1000/wk rate from the last few days of the quarter. This is significant growth regardless.

      Meanwhile, the Grohmann line (replacing the downed zones #1 and #2 on the battery line) was shipped to Tesla last month and should be going live over the course of the next couple months.

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Monday April 02, 2018 @09:49PM (#56370441)

    Would this be a crash program?

  • Popular models usually run at 50 to 80 jobs per hour. If he's talking seven days (!) instead of the normal five, and two shifts, he's running at 18 jph. Hardly impressive.

  • Can we stop having versions go, 3, 3s, 4, 4s, etc. I don't get the "s", or why cannot just go 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.

    • by Jeremi ( 14640 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2018 @12:17AM (#56370927) Homepage

      Can we stop having versions go, 3, 3s, 4, 4s, etc. I don't get the "s", or why cannot just go 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.

      The reason the model names are 'S', '3', and 'X' is so that when you've bought the whole set, it (sort of) spells out 'SEX'. Yes, really. (They originally wanted the Model 3 to be named the Model E, but Ford has the rights to the name 'Model E')

      And if/when the model Y comes out, you'll be able to spell out SEXY, so there's that.

      • I was playing off the headline talking about "Model 3s", and Apple's habit of naming models things like "6s". But I never noticed that, and I believe its true.

  • My Mazda 3 costs half as much so no Tesla for me
    • by hipp5 ( 1635263 )

      My Mazda 3 costs half as much so no Tesla for me

      And the Chevy Spark costs half of the Mazda 3. So what?

  • It may be making 2000 a week but how many of them are actually fit for purpose and would pass a final pre-delivery inspection with any other car manufacturer? I suspect many of that 2000 are going out with problems meaning they'll be spending their first few weeks getting the manufacturing faults fixed.

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