Tesla Model S Production Rate Now 700 Units Per Week – 1,000 Per Week By End of 2014

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 15

Tesla Model S Production Rate Now At 700 Units Per Week

Tesla Model S Production Rate Now At 700 Units Per Week

700 Roll Off The Line Per Week

700 Roll Off The Line Per Week

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk made a comment during the most recent Q1 earnings call that went largely unnoticed.

Musk, in commenting on Tesla Model S production, acknowledged that Tesla is now pumping out ~ 700 Model S EVs per week.

That’s up some 15% compared to Model S production in Q4 of 2013, which sure seems to indicate to us that global demand for the Model S is indeed rising, not declining.

More Model S Production Increases Ahead

Musk continued by adding that, by the end of 2014, Model S production will eclipse the magical 1,000 units per week mark.

When that occurs, we suspect Musk will let the world know that Tesla has entered an area where no startup has ventured before.

1,000 units per week is not a number associated to a startup automaker, so when that day comes, that ‘startup tag’ should forever disappear.

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15 responses to "Tesla Model S Production Rate Now 700 Units Per Week – 1,000 Per Week By End of 2014"

  1. Anon says:

    Schweet. 🙂

    And congrats to SpaceX for their work on Dragon V2. What a radical upgrade from V1!!! The presentation blew me away. The new spacecraft is so slick, sleek and 21st century…

    Are DV2’s large flip-down touch screens and GUI software similar to that found in the Model S/X ?

  2. ffbj says:

    Cool video of the Dragon 2. The screens are similar but no retro rocket buttons on the Model S.

  3. Ocean Railroader says:

    I’m really glad Space is getting the US space program out of the 1960’s memory lane. In that I have been to NASA in real life. A lot of the the NASA base is based off of the 1960’s. The space shuttle is also 30 years old. But if you look at space X a lot of the stuff they are building is made with fresh ideas. Also the new Dragon is bigger then the Apllo and Russia crew cabin so that by itself is ground breaking.

    As for the new Tesla production I have noticed that over the last several weeks there are several new Tesla’s hitting the highway in my area. Oddly they are along this one road in my city which is odd. But the good news sightings of the Tesla model S are getting higher and higher with each passing weak. This also means less mouths to feed at the local gas station.

    1. Anon says:

      You are so right! Here’s a photo that shows a clear evolution of manned spacecraft cockpit design since Apollo:

      And the new Dragon Control Panel does seem to feel a bit Model S/X with those four huge touch screens flanking the center thruster control and manual button stack…

      1. pjwood says:

        Those panels actually work in a space ship, not a car. We can remote control subs, and you aren’t apt to hit anything every spit second you drive a Space X. But it is pure hubris with which Musk probably thinks future buyers of his cars will be flattered to gain the opportunity of taking their eyes off the road.

        I’m genuinely trying to be constructive. Putting more functions on the stalks (because, after all, there still is a steering wheel) is only a start to a dashboard that could be considerably enhanced. I want Tesla to succeed.

        1. Anon says:

          I really like the idea of a virtual dasboard that’s configurable and interactive. And even moreso now that there are striking similarities between Elon’s spacecraft and his electric cars. 🙂

        2. John Hansen says:

          I used to agree with you, but after thinking about it for a while, and studying my own use of hue he touch screen on my Volt, I realized that the problem with touch screens in cars lies mostly in poor implementation and small screen size.

          By poor implementation, I mean that you have to study a screen for a few seconds to figure out which button to press. When screens are well designed (there are a couple of those on the Volt), it works very well. I also found that there is only one control on either my Volt or my Buick that I can legitimately use without taking my eyes off the road, and that is the volume knob. So the common notion that having physical buttons keeps your eyes off the road does not seem to be true. In fact, the climate controls on my Buick (a 2000 Century) are poorly designed and is I find that I have to take my eyes off the road just as much as I do with the touch screen climate controls on my Volt, even though the Buick has physical buttons.

          My other point is about screen size. One problem with touch screens is when they have to jam a lot of buttons into a small screen, so the buttons are small targets, and difficult to hit accurately. With a big screen you can have big buttons with big spaces between them, so you eliminate that problem.

          In conclusion, I think that a big touch screen with intuitive design can be just as good (and probably better) than physical buttons. Heresy, right?

        3. tv story says:

          Typical of someone who doesn’t drive a Tesla. 90% of the display screen controls needed while driving are on the steering wheel, the small display in front of the driver replicates some of the main screen displays.

  4. QCO says:

    That’s an interesting point about Tesla leaving the start-up realm.

    At 50k units/yr they are definitely leaving the niche auto manufacturer space. But even the smallest mainstream manufacturers need close to a million units/yr to survive.

    In some ways Tesla is entering the “no man’s land” where an auto manufacturer can’t survive without getting bigger (economies of scale for mfg/R&D) or smaller (heavy outsourcing for a niche product). Passing through no man’s land is Tesla’s next big growth challenge.

    1. Rob Stark says:

      After Tesla, the next smallest fully independent auto manufacture that sells in the USA is Mazda with ~1.2 Million global units.

      This does not include Geely or Tata Motors subsidiaries or some Chinese firms that only sell in Asia.

    2. Alonso Perez says:

      +1

  5. jmac says:

    For some perspective on the million cars a year thing, here’s some interesting facts.

    The Chevy Corvette has sold 1,370,759 vehicles since since its inception in 1953.

    In 2013 they sold just 13,466 Corvettes.

    Perhaps, luxury vehicles don’t need to sell a million copies a year to be successful. Another example might be Rolls Royce. They also sell in the thousands just like the Corvette.

    If you are producing low profit margin vehicles then you have to make more of them or even a lot of them to stay afloat. Not so much the case with luxury vehicles.

    I would consider the Tesla Roadster and Model S to be luxury vehicles.

    1. Mikael says:

      There is still a very big difference between being a part of a bigger brand and being a totally independent manufacturer.

  6. PraiseElon says:

    25B$ market valuation aint no startup either.