Musk Will Help Push Tesla Model 3 Production To 700 Per Day


Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears to be camping out at the Fremont factory again to assure that his 5,000 per week Model 3 production goal is reached.

Not long ago, Musk said that Tesla would be churning out 5,000 Model 3s per week before the end of June. We’ve received quite a few status updates since then via the CEO’s Tweets, as well as leaked emails to employees. His most recent update at the shareholder meeting assured that 500 units per day is sustained at this point, which works out to 3,500 copies per week.

Now, a new email from Musk to employees reiterates the 500 number and adds that some Model 3 production systems have nearly reached 700 per day. However, there are a few bottlenecks that are making it so that 700 is not yet sustained across all facets of production.

In order to assure that everything goes as planned and these last “radical improvements” are successful, Musk told employees that he will be at the Fremont factory almost 24/7 over the course of the coming days. The CEO wrote (via Electrek):

It’s getting very exciting! All parts of the Model 3 production system are now above 500 and some are almost at 700 cars already. Congratulations to all on making so much progress!


I will be at our Fremont factory almost 24/7 for the next several days checking in with those groups to make sure they have as many resources as they can handle.

According to the report, the bottlenecks in Fremont are related to output in the paint shop, General Assembly line 3, and launching General Assembly line 4. Apparently, there are some improvements needed at the Gigafactory as well. Musk noted these as End of Line and Module Zone 4.

Since the CEO can’t be several places at once, Tesla Semi chief Jerome Guillen is heading up the new line while CTO J.B. Straubel is dealing with the bottlenecks at the Gigafactory.

After many months of small production numbers and a plethora of problems, it seems that Tesla is successfully putting all the pieces together. The Model 3 has outsold all the competition for months already and it can only get much better from here. To top it off, Musk Tweeted a photo of the first Model 3 Performance coming off the assembly line weeks ahead of schedule.

Source: Electrek


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Headline says 700 per week, i think you mean per day.

Thank you.

I’m concerned most about the paint shop bottleneck, I would imagine that would be the hardest to address, and it makes me concerned about the goals to push above the 5k level in the back half of the year. Do they have room to parallelize the paint shop to increase throughput.

good point. However, I suspect that they can move things around to make that happen.
Still, I hope that they move the human portion of the lines elsewhere (easy enough to move), while leaving in place all robotics there.

Anyone know exactly what Musk is doing when he’s at the factory? I’ve seen senior managers wade into low level activity and unless the manager has expensive prior experience and expertise they tend to just make things harder for everyone around them. Musk is a smart guy but….

Musk has 15 years of experience building cars and has been on factory floors a lot. I think those “senior managers” that you are talking about were part of the 9% layoffs.

Another Euro point of view

Those 15 years of experience did apparently not prevent him from making crazy of the hook Model 3 production estimations while stating that it is weird that Toyota is not so much better at manufacturing cars. True car manufacturing competence can the found in many many place but probably not so much in Elon’s mind, one of them is “production heaven” located in Graz, Austria, the Magna Steyr production facility, and I bet no one there needs Mr. Speth, or Tata’s group CEO to look over their shoulders what they are doing like in Tesla’s bizarro world.

one thing about Elon is that he continually pushes envelopes and ultimately makes them happen. Toyota, Honda, German car makers, etc really are not that impressive. They all push ICE vehicles. They all have high labor costs. And yes, while they do have better quality AT THIS TIME, I doubt that it will continue that way for much longer.

One interesting thing to note is that over and over, the Germany managers get fired at tesla as being inept.

So weird that the Model 3 is decimating the competition. How do you explain?

No, Im pretty sure CIO, means the other top level execs there are helping out in different areas of production. Elon actually specified which parts of production which exec was going to closely oversee.

“Jerome Guillen, the head of Tesla Semi, is now overseeing the new general assembly line and Tesla CTO JB Straubel is working on the ‘Module Zone 4’ at Gigafactory 1 to increase Model 3 battery pack production.”


Another Euro point of view

A bit like Churchill driving his generals nuts by having 5 suggestions a day about D day strategy you mean 🙂

“I’ve seen senior managers wade into low level activity and unless the manager has expensive prior experience and expertise they tend to just make things harder for everyone around them.”

Those are “Peter principle” managers, the ones that rapidly rose through the ranks due to political pull and usually skipped out on lower level jobs because they were incompetent. I’ve worked for a lot of them.

It also depends on the type of manager. Micromanagers try to manage every single aspect of a job. Better managers understand that you know the day to day details of your job better than anyone else and don’t try to tell you how to do everything.

There are references where he comes in and solves a problem that has been around a long time, no one can figure out and he solves it by an approach no one else thought of.

It is always good for a laugh when people think mainstream auto competitors will bury Tesla. Tesla has the smartest CEO In the auto industry..

Maybe Henry Ford could compete, but these caretaker CEO’s? Don’t think so.

I saw a Model 3 on the road for the first time yesterday. In still photos I have thought it is a little odd-looking, but when it drives past it is astonishingly cool.

Funny I think the opposite. In the wild the greenhouse looks disproportional to the rest of the car. It looks like they were fighting to not make it look like a Bolt like car and smoothed it out to a “sedan” format, but still with the high roofline.

I struggle to understand why somebody would downvote theflew’s comment, which is obviously simply a matter of taste.

Under normal circumstances i agree, but this comes from theflew… ask him if he has anything good to say about Tesla. People have good memory around here.

What’s weird is that your life has so little meaning you spend much of your day commenting on articles about a company you hate,


OK, how many times is this guy going to spam this every day? Can someone from InsideEVs step in and remove his ability to post?

BRO1999 are you happy or sad today? TSLA at 350 per share LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS thanks for caring about our planet

Looks like a Mister G imposter – too many words, not enough capitalized

A self proclaimed socialist that does not allow unions is pushing his workers closer and closer to the edge. I would hate to work at Tesla.

But you don’t….so all is good, right?

That doesn’t mean I cannot feel sorry for those that do. Sounds like a very stressful environment. In the end it is just cars verses people’s quality of life.

If you feel sorry for employees in California, you must be crying for everyone else.

Let me guess…it’s a hydrogen Clarity, isn’t it?

Nope I have 13 Chevy Volt and a Clarity plugin and love them. It just when a factory has hundreds of ambulances a year hauling off employees, I am not going to view the man in charge as a god. But, keep worshipping if you want to.

“Nope I have 13 Chevy Volt and a Clarity plugin and love them. ”
Never been happier to be wrong! Just lay it easy on the Tesla short propaganda.

When did Elon proclaim to be a socialist? Not too many of those are billionares (George Soros being the exception).

Wrong. Look carefully at what he said. You will see that his statement has more in common with billionaires than with millionaires or other low-end GOP trash.

He has nothing against Unions. He has not fought against unions in the least.
He HAS said NO WAY to UAW and other criminal type organization. He does not want the UAW or even the GOP associated with his company.
Sounds to me like he is simply law-abiding.

Sounds like Clarity to me.

Union laws need to change so workers can form their own unions from scratch without UAW type entities. Right now it’s virtually impossible for Tesla to unionize without the UAW.

They are working on a big disruption, something that is very important for the survival of our species (at our current level of welfare at least).

Continuous hard work is OK when you work on something like this.

Not so much when you work on gas-guzzling Hummers that will be driven by idiots.

And yet they have how many applications for each available job?

Unions are only good to destroy the capitalists’ businesses. In cases like this the progressives will look the other way.

If I correctly interpret this article and Elon’s tweets regarding the “fixes” implemented to-date to the Model 3 Fremont GA line to resolve bottle necks and get to 5K/week, it has been to add two parallel lines to the primary GA line, including one built in three weeks in a temporary structure. Based on Elon’s photo of the first “P” AWD rolling off it, that one likely is a dedicated semi-automated/quasi-prototype hand-build line to deliver as many $78K (and nominally-profitable?) “P” AWD versions and improve cash flow. In other words, if you can’t “fix” your primary assembly line bottle necks, just add more low-volume lines in parallel until you have the equivalent weekly production. We probably can assume that all three lines are manned and operating 24/7. What will be the solution to the paint shop bottle neck problem? Another tent with a pack of production associates armed with Rustoleum spray cans? I may be able understand bottle neck issues with assembling their revolutionary battery modules and problems some of the body and drive train, but painting? Painting is NOT rocket science and everyone in the business has figured out how to paint bodies at a 5K/week rate or more… Read more »

I think it’s great, however, I ordered my M3 on 4/18 and I am still waiting on the Vin. Below shows I am not alone. I hope they can give us a timeline besides sometime in June so we can get my finance and insurance in order.

relax. You will have a month or more.

GL — Your wait until July will mean that tens of thousands of people will get full incentives. Please focus on feeling good about that, and don’t sweat the additional month delay.

He will be on the factory floor with a sleeping bag personally pushing M3s down the line?

I’d take a Vegas bet that the biggest bottleneck is still at the gigafactory…There was just an article stating the Model 3’s LR battery is the best ever of any EV, the battery alone is probably super expensive at this point hence why Tesla forces you to pay for the $5000 PUP to help offset the batteries high costs…