Tesla To Take Brief Break After Setting Model 3 Production Record


Give me a break.

After weeks months of pushing hard to reach a burst run rate of 5,000 Model 3 sedans, the Tesla team could use a bit of a break. And, according to Bloomberg, it’s getting one. Or at least the Model 3 production crew at the Fremont factory is.

Crews there have labored through extra-long working weeks to reach the goal. Besides building cars, they built an entire production line in a matter of weeks in a huge tent — or, more accurately, a “sprung structure.” You can watch it get put up here.

Another notable milestone achieved in the past few weeks was the completion of the first Model 3 Performance. This variant of the mid-size sedan requires dual motors, one front, one rear, and increases the complexity of production somewhat. Musk had tweeted a picture of the red example sitting on the “tent line,” or GA4 as the general assembly line is referred to internally.

The pause, however, will be short-lived. Workers are expected to return to their positions on Thursday the 5th, where they will begin chasing the next goal in the Model 3 production ramp up: 6,000 units weekly.

Other automakers also take summer breaks, though theirs are typically longer — from a week to an entire month — and are usually timed to correspond with major changes to production lines. Tesla’s production line adjustments have been seemingly more spontaneous, usually shutting down for a week or less with little advance notice.

While the break is short, we hope everyone fully enjoys the time off, especially tomorrow, when we should all be focusing on fireworks and other leisurely pursuits as we enjoy the 4th  of July.

Source: Bloomberg

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I hope you don’t refer to the bloomberg tracker. Mr Randall is in holidays and the tracker has not been fed with the latest VIN registrations 😉

We don’t rely on the tracker. It’s not good at being accurate and up to date over the short time. Long term is where it may turn out to be a worthy source.

As I recall, Tesla’s internal goal for this quarter was also 6,000, which was missed. When you consistently set goals which are not met, employees get the message that no goal will be achieved. Goals no longer mean anything, and are ignored. Then you have to create an even more ridiculous goal to get them to pay attention, and do crazier things to attempt to meet it, like ship only 1K cars a week for weeks before the burst. This reminds me of Stalin’s series of five year plans.

Nope – suppliers had to demonstrate 6K burst production rate for their parts.

Pet week?

How’s that verified? Delivering 6k in a week doesn’t mean it was produced in a week, especially for smaller parts that address rather easy to buffer.

No, the Burst Test was to see if they could produce at a RATE of 6k/week over a single day.

So if in a normal day the supplier supplied 500 gizmos for a 5K week rate, for that ONE DAY the goal was to demonstrate the capacity to build 600.

This is a standard Burst Test that is typical in manufacturing. The goal of the test is to find problems in ramp-up before the actual ramp up. Since Elon has announced they are now pushing on to an actual 6K/week production rate, the Burst Test was either successful at proving the capacity could be reached, or they successfully identified blockers and have resolved any blocking issues.

It has nothing to do with buffering parts in the supply chain, it is an actual test of production. Starting with the Model 3, Tesla wrote contracts with suppliers put Tesla inspectors right on the production floor and test results would have been validated per contractor, and not necessarily on the same day.

I hope my M3 isn’t one of the 30% that doesn’t have a gizmo.

Stalin, really? Name one big goal that Tesla completely failed to meet. They have met all of their main goals albeit later than scheduled.

Anyway the first of Stalin’s five year plans did quadruple the number of workers in industry, transportation and construction as planned and on time. Industrial production improved and they became a leading industrial power in Europe. But they screwed up on farm collectivization causing a famine that killed hundreds of thousands or millions of people. Either way I don’t see any connection between Telsa’s ambitious production goals and Stalin’s 5 year plans for the USSR during the first half of the 20th century. Maybe a tad hyperbolic? Just don’t bring up Hitler in your next post please.

It depends on what you mean by main goal. With autopilot (AP1) there was the promise of hands free driving from on ramp to off ramp. It turned out to be hands free driving for 20 seconds. Tesla also promised the ability to summon your car and have it meet you at the curb in front of your house. They are now saying that AP2 will get a more advanced summon, but aren’t delivering what they promised in these cases.

20 seconds, seriously? 🙄

Really, you should try to make your trolling at least a bit less obvious than that.

Tesla nannies step in every 20 seconds, Haggy is not trolling, that is the truth…


Cadillac Supercruise is hands free on the Interstate until you run out of gas…


Ooh, getting dangerously close to fulfilling Godwin’s Law…

When you consistently dis Tesla and are proven wrong, your posts no longer mean anything, and are ignored.

I hope they get some time to clean that property up, during the break….

It is an active construction site in the process of doubling in size.


Is your goal to post this same nonsense in every story, no matter what the story is about?

Garbage, cardboard, and parts packing materials are not construction debris. And the hundreds of Semi trailers all around are storing parts and supplies because Tesla’s parts order, sequencing, and “just in time” management is badly broken…Rookies. When GM, Boeing or others order parts from their suppliers, they not only specify the day of delivery, but also the time. 2 hours off schedule is considered unsatisfactory in the automotive parts supply industry these days. My friends that work for Magna tell me that GM updates their delivery schedule realtime and they often have to scramble to fill orders on schedule. Many suppliers have factories or warehouses near the GM factory sites for quick adjustments. Look at a satellite photo of GM Flint Plant and count the semi trailers on site and how they are parked. Remember Flint produces well over 5K trucks a week, and 3 different engines for other GM vehicles. GM has also invested more then 2B in Flint in the last couple years, way more then Tesla has invested in Fremont buildings. Flint got a new paint shop (like most GM plants) and a new body assembly building, and GA line for the 2019 Silverado. Ft Wayne IN,… Read more »

Would be better if they invested in making significant numbers of electric vehicles instead. Who cares how efficiently they make crap ICE powered vehicles?

Also train will not be better for the environment than the Tesla semi.

I think your math is off, a train pulls 150 train cars with 10-15 vehicles in each car (double or triple high) so that is 1500-2250 vehicles per train load, and takes a crew of 6 to operate (trains passing on tracks also have much lower rolling resistance then the 1000’s of rubber tires on concrete or asphalt. In Semi’s that would be 300-400 trucks, but there is no Tesla Semi, Tesla is not even using the prototypes for anything useful other then photo ops. At 7000 vehicles per week how much diesel is burned just supplying Tesla and distributing their vehicles…. ALOT is the correct answer. I think a better solution might be to string wires along the railroad tracks and take the diesel engines out of locomotives, they already use electric traction motors for propulsion. Simple enough huh?

For now the 99% of other car/truck buyers care. This sight is for EV enthusiast, but we shouldn’t lose sight of the overall market.

LOL!! Now you can tell the difference between what is related to construction from satellite photos!!! Nice try, but no. Read Tesla’s construction docs, they are doing construction throughout the site from one end to the other. But since you can’t back your BS, you attempt to change the subject.

But you don’t even do a good job of changing the subject. Instead you bitch and moan about HOW Tesla massively expanding production way faster than GM’s EV’s. No manufacturer manages “just in time” supply chain down to day and time while they are mid-ramp up on a brand new clean sheet product.

Thanks for reminding us how even with GM’s MASSIVE infrastructure advantage you list, and decades of research into EV’s predating the existence of Tesla, how GM and the rest of the ICE car makers have failed to keep up with Tesla’s EV growth rate. Self-admitted GM Fanboi’s like yourself should be mad at GM for that, not pee your pants over every little thing you can imagine might be wrong at Tesla.

Thanks for disqualifying yourself from rational conversation. Good day. bye-bye

When looking at manufacturing efficiency, I do not care if they are making chocolate chip cookies or Jet airplanes, the management strategies are the same. In the recent drone video anyone with 1 ounce of objectivity can see chaos… and nothing like what a manufacturing operation should look like. I will not change the subject, and I am a licensed general contractor and have managed construction for over 30 years. I know what construction waste and debris looks like, and what I see outside Tesla is just frantic chaos. I do see some construction debris here and there, but the brown cardboard and blue packing filler are from parts that arrived for car assembly. and yes, GM, Boeing, and other large manufacturers manage their parts supply to the day, and hour. Why do you think Boeing flies the 787 parts around? the wings come off the LCF from Japan and are carted direct into the factory and on the rollover jig within hours of arriving. Why would I be mad at GM speaking of changing the subject? My pickup runs great, 150K miles and 0 breakdowns. I cannot wait to buy another one when the new Model HD comes next… Read more »

GM Fanboi David Green — The only thing you should be worrying about when it comes to GM vs. Tesla EV manufacturing operations is why GM is falling so very far behind.

GM had the resource advantage, decades of EV research ahead of Tesla, even got the Bolt to market first. And GM just let all those advantages go to waste. So now you troll every Tesla story whining about construction debris, and supply chain efficiency during ramp-up.

Do you not understand that we already know your history of trolling Tesla stories on multiple EV websites, and already know your known tactic is to distract and make up FUD? We know your little game of making up fake Concern bullpucky. Now you claim to be able to tell the difference in satellite photos between brown cardboard that car parts come in and brown cardboard that construction materials come in!! GTHFOHYAH

haha! Well, once again you miss the message, and attack the messenger… Tesla manufacturing is a disaster… we all know it… and poor baby Elon is tweet storming again today, about what he perceives as fake news. haha!

BTW, as of today more Bolts have been taken home by customers then Model 3’s… Just the facts… Painful as they may be.

Yeah, enjoy that “victory” for another couple of weeks.

Still whining, Mr. Troll?


I guess when you so spectacularly fail at your prediction that Tesla won’t achieve its important goal of making 5000 Model 3’s in a week, you (and only you, Mr. Troll) have some sort of mental compulsion to find something to whine about, no matter how trivial and unimportant.

Anything to avoid manning up and admitting you were wrong, hmmm?

Are you really going to keep up your whining about piles of construction materials sitting at a site which is constantly undergoing new construction?

Do you really have nothing better to do with your time, Mr. Troll?

haha! you are so funny… same line over and over, but do not even address the facts. GM is WAY better at manufacturing then Tesla, 5K a week is Childs play in the entire auto industry, should not require 24/7 operations, and skipping safety tests.

Well, most workers in California get that same short break, and are expected to be back at work on Thursday.

It’s called the “Fourth of July holiday”.

And my sympathies to any InsideEVs staff who have to work today! (…unless you’re Canadian, and then you have your own different Independence Day holiday.)

Thanks, sir. We publish every day! Even on Christmas.

Thank you for your dedication…

I believe they’ve been off for a few days, not just the Fourth.

I guess my comment needed more than just a 🙂 to indicate it wasn’t meant to be taken seriously.

Happy 4th!!!

InsideEVs, Electrek, Teslarati, and others – along with YouTube creators – should set up and coordinate on a Gofundme to reward Tesla production employees.