Tesla raises Model 3 Q2 production target to 6000 units/week
19 April, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Barbara Daniel
For starters, Tesla will move to a 24/7 production schedule for the Model 3, and Musk intends to bring in a lot more carbon-based lifeforms to assemble the vehicles.
An internal email from Tesla has been leaked online which reveals that Musk has now set a more aggressive production target for the Model 3 in order to meet demand.
Earlier this month, after failing to hit many of Musk's 2017 goals, Tesla said it missed its first-quarter production target of 2,500 Model 3s per week. In the past month, a Tesla SUV on auto-pilot crashed and killed the driver; thousands of the company's Model S cars had to be recalled; and CEO Elon Musk admitted excessive automation was a mistake. A temporary shutdown that will allow Tesla "to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks to increase production rates", according to USA Today.
"I have asked the Tesla finance team to comb through every expense worldwide, no matter how small, and cut everything that doesn't have a strong value justification", Musk, who recently hinted that the company can finally turn a profit by the end of this year, wrote.
Tesla's Fremont factory lines have been running on two shifts.
Tesla has announced it is going to stop production of the Model 3 temporarily, the latest in a series of setbacks for the company.
According to Musk, Tesla needs to make 6,000 Model 3 per week by the end of June - an increase of the company's previous target of 5,000 per week. "This means that we will be adding another shift to general assembly, body and paint", CEOElon Musk wrote, adding that TSLA would hire ~400 people per week for several weeks. Lately, he's been sleeping at the Fremont factory in an effort to improve Model 3 production.
The company said the move was a planned production pause of up to five days.
Given the long pattern of delays and renewed Wall Street skepticism, this may not seem like a bad option for the electric automaker.
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