Tesla finally hits Model 3 production target of 5,000 per week – hours after latest deadline

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“I think we just became a real car company!” Elon Musk says Tesla has met 5,000/week Model 3 production target.

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US electric vehicle maker Tesla has turned out 5,000 Model 3 sedans in the space of one week, meeting its long-promised production goal just hours after the company’s latest self-imposed deadline of midnight on Sunday.

The milestone – originally set for Christmas 2017 – was marked in a company-wide email sent by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and reportedly seen by Reuters, after the 5,000th of the Model 3 EVs passed final quality checks at the Fremont, California factory at around 5am Sunday (US time).

“We did it!,” Musk wrote in the email to employees. “We either found a way or, by will and inventiveness, created entirely new solutions that were thought impossible.

“Intense in tents [This refers to a third Model 3 production line that was reportedly being built outside of the factory, under a massive tent.] Transporting entire production lines across the world in massive cargo planes. Whatever. It worked,” he wrote.

“I think we just became a real car company.”

The new milestone – despite being put in rather harsh perspective by Ford CEO Steven Armstrong (see Tweet below) – is important for Tesla, to reassure both shareholders about its mass production capability, and customers, who have been waiting patiently for delivery of their Model 3 since this time last year.

Just last week, Tesla invited all Model 3 reservation holders in the US and Canada to configure their car and put in their order, a step that costs another $US2,500. Bloomberg reports that the standard battery version of the car, starting at $US35,000, still isn’t available in the design studio, so customers can either order a higher-priced version, continue to wait, or cancel their order.

As for Australian customers, who had been promised delivery sometime in 2019, Musk’s recent frank appraisal of how RHD manufacturing was tracking suggested late 2019 was the “best-case,” and for many it could be 2020.

As we have reported, the production of the Model 3 has been far from smooth for Tesla, with Musk himself repeatedly describing it as being in various levels of “hell,” as problems with certain factory lines and car components were nutted out.

In April, production was said to have settled at 2,000 cars a week, and 3,500 at the start of June.

Musk – who turned 47 last week – has certainly pulled out all the stops to meet this latest Model 3 deadline, including building a new assembly line in a huge tent outside the main factory.

And the progress has not been limited to the Model 3. In the email, Musk noted that the company had also achieved its production goals of 7,000 Model S and X vehicles in that same week.

But can the pace be maintained? Musk believes so, and has already said that the company expects to produce 6,000 Model 3 sedans a week “next month,” according to Reuters.

Tesla is expected to release a formal statement on second-quarter vehicle production and delivery figures sometime early this week.

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11 Comments
  1. Ed 5 months ago

    Looking forward to Ford making 7000 electric cars in 4 hours. They did start in 1903… a bit of a head start. He could be a sport and offer some congratulations.

    • Nick Kemp 5 months ago

      He should have put 7,000 old fashioned stinkers in 4 hours – far more accurate

      • Greg Hudson 5 months ago

        And most of those were huge 6.5 liter + diesel pickups… Sad isn’t it?

        • Nick Kemp 5 months ago

          Yes – they are right up there with Chevrolet in the forward thinking department. Probably they will soon be victims of the much faster and agile EV companies they are laughing at right now

  2. Ian Smith 5 months ago

    The more inflated their arrogance, the faster they deflate. How many production lines to make 42000/d?

    • Carl Raymond S 5 months ago

      Why on earth would Tesla deflate? They just hit profitability – no longer needing share dilution to grow faster.
      I will be warning friends not to buy a new ICEV car. Trying to offload it in five years will be like trying to flog a film camera. Already the leasing companies need to tread carefully. Residuals of anything with a stupid exhaust will be well above market value. People will walk away from their leases.

      • Barri Mundee 5 months ago

        I am planning to keep my 2011 Mazda 6 until the day a Tesla EV or other EV is competitive. Its only done 94K and should last until then.
        My wife’s Yaris might be a candidate for replacement with a Model 3.

  3. Ian 5 months ago

    Well done Sophie on publishing Steven Armstrong’s tweet. His Freudian slip is very telling, and it exposes the wilfull ignorance of these big legacy car companies so beautifully. Just how many battery cars per week must Tesla make before these idiots wake up ?

  4. Treble Sketch 5 months ago

    “Intense in tents [This refers to a third Model 3 production line that was reportedly being built outside of the factory, under a massive tent.]

    I think the tent production line is GA4 (General Assembly 4)

  5. Robert Comerford 5 months ago

    Well done, hope they continue to progress.
    The sooner that fat people driving huge gas guzzlers about becomes socially unacceptable the better.

  6. MaxG 5 months ago

    Kudos to a great visionary…
    I have set up a few companies; getting anything off the ground is hard, no matter how much money there is, is a mean fest in today’s environment.

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