Tesla Model X
This week, during Tesla's Q1 earnings call, CEO Elon Musk assured analysts that higher level production rates with increased quality and communication are underway. He added that the Model X has many "bells and whistles", but that they do not impact quality. Musk is personally overseeing quality control and spending a majority of his time aside the Model X assembly line. He said:
Tesla Model X Interior With Seating For Seven
“I’m personally spending an enormous amount of time on the production line. I have a sleeping bag and desk at the end of the production line which I use quite frequently. The whole team is focused on achieving a high (run) rate and quality.”
Partly due to Musk's personal presence related to the Model X, Tesla has increased production by five times from Q4 to Q1. In Q4 the company made a mere 507 units and this quarter 2,659. The company announced that its previous goal of 500,000 vehicles per year by 2020 will now be achieved by 2018.
Musk also went on to explain that the production line has tightened up its "feedback loop" such that design, manufacturing and production are more "streamlined" and highly efficient. This is all in preparation for the production of the upcoming Model 3.
Early quality control issues and defective parts from suppliers have been reportedly fixed. Tesla has told owners that the problems were limited to early VIN numbers and only Signature and Founder Series Model X vehicles. Musk is confidently boasting that the Model X is the "best car ever".