Musk Says Tesla Model 3 Production May Pass 500 Units Per Day Soon


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has updated employees related to the status of the automaker’s Model 3 production ramp to 5,000 per week by next month.

It would be an understatement to say that Tesla suffered quite a rocky start related to Model 3 production. Many unexpected issues made it seemingly impossible for the automaker to build the car in any quantity for several months. Then, production turned a corner for the better and has been rising ever since.

Related: Musk Says Tesla Model 3 Production Target Is 6,000 A Week By June

While the numbers are still nowhere near what the CEO guided early on, they’re very impressive nonetheless and leaving all other EV competitors in the dust when it comes to sales. As deliveries continue to grow, gas-powered rivals will begin to be exceeded by Model 3 sales.

Read Also: Tesla Registers 5,000 New Model 3 VINs

With all of that being said, we just reported a supposed Tesla factory worker’s statement that the automaker will soon approach 4,000 builds per week. We have no way of knowing if this is 100-percent accurate, but it fits with other estimates and makes sense based on what we’ve learned.

Now, Electrek got its hands on another leaked email from Musk to employees. It says that Tesla should “exceed” production of 500 Model 3s per day this week, and he didn’t use the words “extrapolate” or “burst”:

It is looking quite likely that we will exceed 500 vehicles per day across all Model 3 production zones this week.

Sadly, we don’t have the rest of the email, but according to the report, Musk asked employees to immediately apprise him personally if they are aware of any issues that may result in the automaker not being able to achieve the 500-per-day mark.

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This adds up to 3,500 a week, and based on the information from the email and the related report, it sure doesn’t read like this is a burst. If true, this will be a significant ramp up from the 2,000 per week that Tesla was achieving in the recent past.

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Source: Electrek


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Headline is deceptive… Elon Musk said It is quite likely Model 3 production will pass 500 per day this week… ‘quite likely’ and “will” do not have the same meaning. So much for all the Tesla fans that said they were over 4K last week… As of yesterday Tesla 7 day moving average was still below 3K, I cannot get the exact number, because my friends do not want to get fired/sued.

Get Real

So says the troll who just invested 100k into…BYD!

Such a typical hypocrite move, reminds me of Trump agreeing to bail out Chinese company ZTE so he can benefit personally:

It is no wonder that the US is in the political shape it is with people like these guys.


True on BYD, but do not mix me up with Trump. No need to insult me personally, try to refute my message? I’m waiting??

You deserve all the insults you get. Cherry picking through the numbers is obviously your thing. 7 day moving average, you got to be fricking kidding!


Taking the 1 week moving average is the most important metric, and really the only on that matters, that is certainly not cherrypicking.


You never, ever post anything about Tesla or its cars which is fair or balanced. It’s all highly biased and mostly untrue. In short, everything you post about Tesla is FUD.

Don’t pee on our legs and tell us it’s raining.


Wow, you can quote Judge Judy, Is that all you have to add to the conversation?


I thought 500 per day = 2,500 per week. Since when do they produce 24/7?


I think they 24/7 some time back.


Tesla is always 24/7 Elon said on the earnings call.


And they’re also shutting down Model 3 production again at the end of the month. Surely signs of a well oiled machine! I’m sure the fanboi spin will be the shutdown will allow them to achieve the 6k/week goal by end of Q2. riiiiiiight Lol

Chris Stork

So? They shut it down back in March (or April?) and production accelerated even faster when they brought it back online.. The big speculation (or at least hope, in my case) is that it’s to incorporate dual motors into the lines. When is Chevrolet going to shut down the Bolt line to incorporate dual motors?

And you instantly lose credibility when you quote CNBC; they have such a hate-boner for Tesla. And the sarcasm doesn’t help either.

Edit (since you edited your original comment): Why else would they shut it down, if not to make improvements? That’s not even “fanboi spin,” it’s just common sense.

What’s the opposite of fanboi? hateboi? Because that’s you, a Tesla Hateboi


Attempt to fix the QC issues that continue to plague 3 production? Or perhaps issues such as Model 3s suddenly dying on the highway 2 days after delivery? Or find out why 3’s are experiencing sudden unintended acceleration events?


People mashing the accelerator rather than the brake is not really a problem that Tesla can fix.

Chris Stork

Wow, those are some scary sounding headlines you cherry-picked from a forum, but I don’t think that qualifies as a “plague,” do you? The one about “unexpected acceleration” sounds like just another case of someone’s spouse who was driving an unfamiliar car for the first time stepped on the wrong pedal at the wrong time, as has been the case in every news-reported “unexpected acceleration” incident. She either is too embarrassed to admit it or simply doesn’t realize/believe she did. The other forum members are already tearing the story apart forensically.

As for the other one: what can I say? That’s why I’m holding out for the dual-motor. it happened to a Model S one time long ago too. But still, one power train failure *if it turns out to be true* in 40k cars is not a “plague.” That’s troll hyperbole talk right there. By comparison, didn’t a whole bunch of Bolts all of a sudden die on the road because of bad cells. Sorry for the whataboutism, but this is clearly a near-perfect parallel, and yet you bash Tesla for one power failure.


There are 6 TM3 at my workplace now. All of them getting top marks from their owners and no issues. One early TM3 had a slight alignment problem with a passenger door that got fixed. Definitely trumps the many BMW 3 and 5 series here at work in looks, tech and performance.

bro1999 – known Tesla hater and GM fanboi/apologist.
PP – “Go Tesla”, everything else is a FUD.

Contributors like them do nothing to advance BEVs to the mass public.

Chris Stork

Thanks, my sentiments exactly on those two.


haha! I love BEV’s but Tesla and their fan boys make it very easy to criticize…


“PP – ‘Go Tesla’, everything else is a FUD.”

Are you selectively blind? Do your eyes refuse to focus when you see a comment from me criticizing Tesla?

Your attempt to tar me with the same brush as a serial Tesla-bashing troll is nearly as biased as Bro1999’s comments about Tesla’s cars.


Everyone knows you have no real information to add, you just stir the pot leading to more comments and more money for the site. :)~ Good Work…

That’s exactly what you are doing…

Mister G

Hey BOB try harder I need tsla to drop to 150 per share so that I can buy buy buy LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP


Tesla has stated that the reason for shutdown was to increase production. Then after the shutdown they came back with a huge increase in production. Sadly you are too ignorant to figure out that was the reason for the shutdown, and when they repeat the same thing again you will be too ignorant to recognize reality yet again.


The shutdown will help production, they are going to totally rebuild 2 stations on the final assembly line from full automated, to human assembly, what I understand, this will help greatly. I have heard 4K per week should be easy by mid June. 5K and 6K are not as likely, without engineering some burst production if you know what I mean.

Mister G

BOB LUTZ is here LOL TSLA at 286 per share LOL you need to try harder LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP


Man, I wish I had Bob Lutz experience… I am still a little leaguer in that conversation. Tesla stock hit 286 today and you are celebrating? Why? That is down in the last 12 months, meaning long term investors lost some equity. CONNECT THE DOTS ON THAT IS BAD NEWS!!!


Oh please, Mr. Serial Tesla Basher, do tell us how they’re going to keep ramping up the rate of Model 3 production without occasionally shutting the line down to make changes. We humbly beg you to share more of your pearls of wisdom with us. 🙄

In the real world, every auto production line at every company occasionally gets shut down to make changes. Yet once again, serial Tesla FUDsters are going to try to paint this as “strange” or “bad” just because Tesla is doing it, just like everything else.

What a load of bully pucky! 🙄


Do you ever reply with any information? or just a troll?

Fool Cells

every auto maker takes periodic shutdowns to fix and improve the line.


Thats right, its called weekends…

Chris O

Pretty successful ramp up. The first 6 months don’t count, that was just Tesla nominally delivering on a deadline that nobody, including Elon Musk thought was remotely feasible. But since January ramp up has been very successful, so the way I see after just 6 months of delay serious Model 3 production is really taking off. In the grand scheme of things: Not bad at all.


That’s the way I see it, too.


GM is gearing up to start production on the 2019 Silverado late June, which is all new frame, body, interior, and powertrains, lets see how their ramp goes in comparison… Bet you they catch 18 months of Model 3 production by the end of the year… Wanna Bet? Oh, and I will add on that Mary Barra will not need to bring a sleeping bag to the factory to make it happen.


There is nothing “all new” clean sheet design in the Silverado. Everything is derivative of existing parts that have been modified from previous designs. They didn’t start with a clean sheet.

You seem to know very little about cars not knowing simple things like the difference between clean sheet and derivative updates.

Sorry Nix, you are wrong (again)… All the 2019 Silverado has in common with the outgoing model is that they are both pickup trucks and that is about it. The 2019 has a new frame, and suspension, longer wheelbase, all new sheetmetal and cab design, new interior… OK, the radio antenna might be carryover. The 2019 uses a mixed metal structure, and much more aluminum on the doors, etc. The factory line is also all new, new BIW weld line, and new final assembly. OK, they are using the old press line, but with all new dies. Oh, and a new paint line… It is as close to clean sheet as you can get, see the customers desires are the same so it will look similar, but saves very few, if any parts with the outgoing trucks. BTW, the Model 3 has a battery and tires, so it must just be a derivative model S.. Thats how silly your comment sounds to people who know the process. On the new Silverado, not 1 dimension stayed the same, and the cab / people space is not even close.

Frame is derivative of the previous frame, not a clean sheet design.
Suspension is derivative of the previous suspension, not a clean sheet design.
Sheetmetal is derivative of the previous sheetmetal, not a clean sheet design.
Cab is derivative of the previous cab, not a clean sheet design.
Motors are derivative of the previous designs, not a clean sheet design.

Thanks for proving you have no clue what the term “clean sheet” means.

Nix, I am not going to get in an insult fest with you, you are wrong wrong wrong, shoot even GM calls the truck “ALL NEW” You can live in your fantasy world thinking you know all about car makers, but everything we have discussed you have been at least misinformed, and closer to full of BS… I have friends all over Detroit in the tooling and auto business, and I never claim to be right 100% of the time, but most often I will avoid a conversation I do not have background in. Probably unlike you my friends are not line worker, they are executives so I am pretty confident in the info I receive. I have also toured several GM assembly plants as a personal guest of the plant manager. Thats not the tour you book online, FYI… Maybe you get away with this nonsense on here because nobody else really knows the industry, who knows, but the bottom line is you need to do a lot more google searches, reading, and take some trips, if you want to have a meaningful conversation with me.

Yeah – and because other people believe that as well, there is a lawsuit pending.

If he actually didn’t believe in the timeline, and had knowledge that it isn’t feasible, yet was iterating it publicly, that is a violation of securities law as far as I know.

The document of the lawsuit makes for some interesting reading.


I read it… The statements of the tooling suppliers are pretty hard to refute. Unless they are paid off by big oil and lying (I am joking) Elon is in Trouble.


It’s not how fast you go… But how well you fast.

Quality is job 1, as Ford use to say!


“It’s not how fast you go… But how well you fast.”

This message brought to you by the Office of Quality Kontrol.



What was the date on the leaked email?

4000 is more than 500 a day at 570 a day. So both can be true as 570 is more than 500 a day


I am just surprised that anything as complex as a car can be duplicated 500 times in one day.