Tesla Model S Production Now Above 400 Per Week

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 18

Faster, Faster, We've Got Promises To Fulfill...Mostly in Europe

Faster, Faster, We’ve Got Promises To Fulfill…Mostly in Europe

With all the minute production details now ironed out, Tesla is once again kicking up the pace of production for the Model S.

Let's Get a Move On

Let’s Get a Move On

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the goal of building 400 Model S sedans per week is out the window now as the automaker is producing at a rate that far exceeds that initial target.

Quoting Musk:

We’re above 400 a week at the current manpower, and not trivially above it.”

So, probably not quite at 500 per week, but still more than trivially above 400.

Musk further stated that Tesla’s new goal is “going to 800 a week.”  That’s the pace Tesla is shooting for by late 2014.  Of the 800-unit per week target, Musk says  “I’m very confident we’ll get there.

Tesla’s goal is to sell 21,000 Model S sedans worldwide in 2013.  We believe Tesla will exceed that mark, at least by a slim margin.  With most US orders for the Model S now fulfilled, all of Tesla’s attention turns to getting the Model S to customers in Europe and then Asia.

Source: Bloomberg

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18 responses to "Tesla Model S Production Now Above 400 Per Week"

  1. David Murray says:

    This is good news. I just hope the demand doesn’t run dry once the backlog orders are filled.

    1. Anderlan says:

      Aaaaaand TSLA is at $125.

  2. Anthony says:

    I’d guess 425/wk, which for 50 production weeks per year, is 21,250 vehicles per year. Right about where they’re expected to end up.

    1. Josh says:

      There was a comment on the forums that they produced 600 vehicles the last week in June. Not sure if this is a sustainable rate, it was the end of a quarter and just before switching out tooling for EU.

  3. Warren says:

    There are at least a billion people on the planet who would love to live in one. 🙂

  4. kdawg says:

    I wonder how much of the automation can be re-used to build the Model X? They are built off the same platform correct? So that would mean increasing production should help when they are building S’s and X’s.

    1. Steven says:

      I’d imagine that most if not all the robotics can be transitioned, the only issue should be the stamping dies.

      1. Jeff Durham says:

        I would agree. The robots can be retaught fairly easily. The stamping issue might be made easier depending on how easy it is to switch dies or if they use some of the room that they have and have two die presses going.

      2. kdawg says:

        I’m thinking about all of the tooling for conveyors & robot end effectors.

        Are they going to set these up on the same line, or set up a new Model X line?

      3. MTN Ranger says:

        They can probably be both built on the same line. GM’s Hamtramck factory produces the Volt, Ampera, Malibu, Impala and soon the ELR on the same line.

  5. pjs says:

    Wasn’t there someone on this forum who doubted Tesla would get to the 20k mark? His silence is deafening…

    1. David Stone says:

      His doubt was justified: what Tesla is doing is not easy and many have already failed, and they nearly did.

      I too doubted it, hoped I was wrong and am very happy that I was 😉

      1. pjs says:

        How did they “nearly fail”? Production has gone straight up, as has their stock price. We need more failing companies like this!

        1. David Stone says:

          Around 2008, 2009 things were a little tight, which Musk admitted in a very long and interesting interview.
          He said he thought the company might fold.

          Since then, yes, Tesla have been very far from failing 😉

  6. Mark Potochnik says:

    They are only using 20% of the factory, other products will come of their own lines I believe……

  7. GeorgeS says:

    when do the discounts start?

    1. pjs says:

      As long as they don’t use the “dealer” model I would expect no sale prices.

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