Is Tesla Motors’ production facility in Fremont, California actually running at full bore?
Well, that’s the latest word from the automaker’s director of Model S programs, Jerome Guillen, who told Automotive News (subscription required) that its assembly site is now running at capacity of 20,000 Model S electric sedans per year. If true, this means that the waiting period for the Tesla Model S is now under six months.
Outstanding Model S order easily exceed 13,000 units, but Guillen says the actual number is “significantly higher.” However, Tesla won’t formally reveal that number until early February during a conference call with shareholders.
And this bit of info continues to pop up each and every time that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is quoted: an electric sedan (a BMW 3 Series fighter) will arrive within four year’s time with a target price of $35,000. As Musk told Automotive News:
“The focus is on cost down. We’ve got the range. We’ve got the capability and ride and handling. Now it’s a question of how to optimize it.”
Lastly, if production of the Model S truly stands at an annual rate of approximately 20,000 units per year, then Tesla Motors is roughly on track to produce as many plug-in vehicles in 12 month’s time as General Motors. How’s that for a startup automaker? Is it now time to drop the “startup” and instead consider Tesla a “real” automaker?