Tesla may be one of the most high-tech vehicle companies, but being on the cutting edge may have led to the Model 3 "production hell" that the company recently found itself in, CEO Elon Musk said in a Sunday interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reaffirmed that production of the company's Model 3 electric vehicles is back on track, and says that it is set to increase three- or four-fold by the second quarter of 2018. According to the sources, Tesla's Chief Executive Office Elon Musk is not a big fan of the yellow color, so the floor of the factory was not painted in this color, which led to inadequately marked pedestrian lanes. We put too much new technology into the Model 3 all at once.
"Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1".
In February, Tesla touted its steep decline in official injuries, about 6.2 per 100 workers, in a blog post entitled "Becoming the Safest Car Factory in the World". With a starting price of $35,000, the Model 3 is supposed to be Tesla's most affordable and top-selling auto. The company has been trying to "come up with workarounds on the fly to get cars out the door", said Evans.
Tesla fell short of its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3 per week by the end of the first quarter.
Following an all-out push going into quarter-end, Tesla produced 2,020 in the final week of Q1.
News of the halt in production was first reported by BuzzFeed.
Tesla in the last week of March has collected about 2 thousand instances of Model 3.
Despite the battery-related delays for the Model 3, there is good news about existing batteries' lifespans. After all, how many retail vehicles do we see for sale with half a million miles on the clock? "We were just reading through the records and then thinking 'how bad is this?"
These are tough times for Tesla - despite Musk's successes elsewhere in 2018, such as with SpaceX and satellite-based broadband.
Musk alluded to that level of automation actually slowing down production. Musk argued that point Friday morning.
Tesla now doesn't have a battery degradation warranty on its Model S and X luxury EVs, but it does guarantee the Model 3 will retain 70 percent battery capacity after 120,000 miles for the long-range battery and 100,000 miles for the shorter-range version. He said manufacturing issues that had been crimping output were being resolved and that Tesla probably will make three or four times as numerous cars in the second quarter.