Tesla Climbs Automaker Ranks For Vehicle Production In North America

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Bloomberg takes a look at Tesla production rates compared to other automotive factories in North America.

Tesla Model 3 production didn’t ramp up quite as quickly as the company had planned. Multiple issues plagued production for the first 3 quarters. But for those of us that have followed Tesla since its days as a tiny start up, it was only a matter of time. At the end of last quarter, Tesla’s plant in Fremont finally achieved that elusive 5,000/week of Model 3 production. In total, the factory cranked out nearly 7,000 vehicles between the Model 3, Model S and Model X.

On this occasion, Tesla CEO Elon Musk declared to employees “I think we just became a real car company.” Musk also expressed his excitement on Twitter, stating “7000 cars, 7 days. ♥️ Tesla Team ♥️.” This led to a sarcastic responses from Steven Armstrong, Chairman & CEO of Ford of Europe:

A more relevant description from Mr. Armstrong might have been “7000 electric cars, circa 7 months. ❤Ford Team❤. ” But even ignoring the EV factor, Tesla’s production in the last week of Q2 was well above the average North American factory including the majority of Ford plants. In an article for Bloomberg, Tom Randall and Demetrios Pogkas dug into Model 3 production and compare it to the output from other major automaker factories. Their estimated 2018 production data was pulled from just-auto.com.

Tesla Weekly Production Compared With Ford Factories In North America:

Bloomberg graphs Tesla production against Ford and other North American automakers.

Tesla Weekly Production Compared With Toyota Factories In North America:

Bloomberg graphs Tesla production against Toyota and other North American automakers.

Charts and data created from Bloomberg

Bloomberg notes that in 2017, Tesla averaged 1,949 cars produced per week. For the first half of 2018 Tesla increased this rate to 3,378 cars per week. This places their output in 48th place among 70 North American factories. Keep in mind that this average is weighed down by low Q1 Model 3 production, a 10% decrease in Model X and Model S production, and multiple scheduled shutdowns to improve Model 3 production.

For the remainder of 2018, average production will be significantly higher. Tesla may not produce 7,000 cars every single week, but ~6,000/week isn’t an unreasonable expectation. If you’d like to check out how Fremont compares to factories owned by Ford, Toyota, GM and others check out Bloomberg’s interactive graph at the link below.

Source: Bloomberg

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“Tesla Model 3 production didn’t ramp up quite as quickly as the company had planned.”

Hey, I thought this was an American website? That’s a positively British level of understatement!

(Just kidding, Wade. 😉 )

LOL! True but that horse is thoroughly beaten. 😉 Onward and upward, gents!

I’m currently experimenting with a business idea about building like six of something. But getting the supplies together for production has been nothing but trouble. It has taken three weeks longer then I planned. Also a lot of times your supplier will cut the wrong thickness of something and then your left working out how to rework part to avoid it going to waste.

Or you learn that supplyer X doesn’t have it so you have to go find supplier B

I suspect if Tesla is 10,000 times bigger I would hate what would be going wrong at that place on a daily basis.

Lease some time on a 3D industrial printer.

For 6 of something that works really well, and your parts will be the exact shape you ask of it too. But as Ocean Railroader commented, people often underestimate the issues when putting something together that takes over 5 parts. It gets hairy quickly.

Make sure you write all your part specs down, and that nothing is verbal. This reduces error potential blamed on you. Should be able to push back on the supplier when they make a mistake.

Interesting graphs, would be cool to also see what vehicles those plants produced, or be able to filter out vehicle models and categories like sedans and SUVs.