The causes of the Model 3 production bottlenecks are now fully understood, so production should soon increase.
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If we're to believe the words of Panasonic chief executive officer Kazuhiro Tsuga, then we should assume Model 3 production will increase in the near future.
*UPDATE: According to a Reuters UK report, Tsuga stated that at least one of the bottlenecks was related to battery pack production. The issue was that some parts of battery pack production were done manually. Tsuga says this will soon be fully automated, but he gave no timeframe. Here's the important bit from the Reuters report:
Panasonic Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said at an earnings briefing that delays to the automation of the battery pack production line meant some stages had to be completed manually.
“This process (for battery packs) will be soon automated, and then the number of vehicles to be produced will rise sharply,” Tsuga said. He declined to comment to what extent Model 3 production would be behind its targeted schedule.
Tsuga stated the cell production for the Model 3 should soon ramp up at the Gigafactory as the Model 3's production bottlenecks have now been sorted. Tsuga made this comment following Panasonic's Q2 release.
Reuters reports it like this:
"Panasonic Corp Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said on Tuesday that output could soon be increased at Tesla Inc’s “gigafactory” battery plant as the causes of production bottlenecks for Tesla’s Model 3 are now understood."
Tsuga's statements are rather vague. However, we do believe Tesla has been working through this production hell and should have a resolution soon.
We know that Model 3 production is way below Musk's initial expectations. That has led some analysts to decrease Q4 sales expectations for the Model 3. Perhaps these words from Tsuga will lead to new predictions.
Hat tip to Alan!