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Tesla post record deliveries, but Model 3 production not yet jumping

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CleanTechnica

Tesla says it built 25,336 vehicles — 260 of them Model 3 sedans — in the 3rd quarter of 2017. It delivered a total of 26,150 vehicles, broken down as follows:

◊  14,065 Model S sedans

◊  11,865 Model X SUVs

◊  220 Model 3 midsize sedans

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The company reports there were 4,820 Model S and Model X vehicles in transit at the end of the quarter (and 40 Model 3 newbies, apparently).

Tesla does not count a vehicle as delivered until all the paperwork has been completed, the car is fully paid for, and the original owner has received it. Those vehicles will be counted in the 4th quarter.

Q3 was Tesla’s best quarter ever for deliveries and represents a 4.5% increase in Model S and Model X deliveries over the same quarter last year and a 17.7% increase over the 2nd quarter of this year.

The company announced it expects the number of Model S and Model X vehicles delivered in the second half of 2017 to surpass the total delivered in the first half of the year (47,077) by several thousand units, bringing total deliveries for 2017 to over 100,000 vehicles.

If that prediction holds true, Tesla deliveries of its large cars will be up nearly a third this year versus last year.

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Tesla was at pains to explain that Model 3 deliveries were lower than anticipated, due to production restraints. “Model 3 production was less than anticipated due to production bottlenecks.

Although the vast majority of manufacturing subsystems at both our California car plant and our Nevada Gigafactory are able to operate at high rate, a handful have taken longer to activate than expected.

It is important to emphasize that there are no fundamental issues with the Model 3 production or supply chain. We understand what needs to be fixed and we are confident of addressing the manufacturing bottleneck issues in the near-term.”

There is no cause for alarm, in other words. If anyone is disappointed that more Model 3s did not find their way into the hands of buyers, they should bear in mind that every new manufacturing process takes a while to sort out the bugs. The machinery to build the cars wasn’t even installed until this spring. Relax, people — Elon has got this.

Source: CleanTechnica. Reproduced with permission.  

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  • George Michaelson

    A comment elsewhere on this notes that production bottlenecks are ubiquitous in modern manufacturing. This is both reassuring and concerning. Reassuring, because its not unusual and so can be presumed to resolve. Concerning, because the supply chain logistics which go alongside a process which is somewhat like a “flow” through a pipeline have implications. You can’t go on making widgets if the output buffer is full so you can’t go on consuming widget inputs, which means the just-in-time supplier either has to warehouse them, or cease production, and incur costs. It flows back down the pipe as much as it flows forward into dissatisfied customers.

    • Ren Stimpy

      In Tesla’s case there is no output buffer because their products are so much in demand.

      • George Michaelson

        (sigh) if you recurse inside you will find a series of things which are input, and output. If one of THEM has a process fail, then it is an input buffer for somebody else in the chains output buffer.

        So yes. you’re right: there is no backlog on the final output buffer. But e.g. if they had a roadblock out the door, and can’t ship cars, then for the final -1 stage.. there is.

        • Ren Stimpy

          If?

  • Joe

    And how are the deliveries of Powerwall 2 going…is still not until Feb / March 2018 ?