Tesla Confirms Model 3 Production Exceeded 2,000 Units In Single Week


Tesla has confirmed that Model 3 production exceeded 2,000 units in a single week for the first time ever.

The possibility of achieving this was hinted at by Tesla CEO Elon Musk just the other day, but now we have official word via Tesla that the target has been met and exceeded, if only by a wee bit.

Per Tesla:

“In the past seven days, Tesla produced 2,020 Model 3 vehicles. In the next seven days, we expect to produce 2,000 Model S and X vehicles and 2,000 Model 3 vehicles. It is a testament to the ability of the Tesla production team that Model 3 volume now exceeds Model S and Model X combined. What took our team five years for S/X, took only nine months for Model 3.”

Tesla suggests that production of the Model 3 could reach 5,000 units per week in as little as 3 months from now.

Tesla Model 3 production hit 9,766 for Q1 2018, but there were a large  amount of vehicles in transit, too. The automaker issued this in regards to Model 3s in transit right now:

“An additional 2,040 Model 3 vehicles were also in transit to customers. These vehicles will be delivered in early Q2 2018.”

Everything appears to be falling into place finally for the Model 3 and perhaps even Tesla’s oft-delayed production ramp. Let’s hope it’s all upwards from here.

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The target was 2500, not 2000.

Mediocre people set safe goals. By now, we should all that Musk isn’t a “safe” person.

I like those people who set high goals and try their darnedest to meet them.

For a bankwup company, any positive number Is good.

For a bankrupt troll, any weak-ass FUD will do!

That’s why they call it a “target”.

And so what if it takes them a couple more weeks to blow by that target of 2,500/week?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“Tesla suggests that production of the Model 3 could reach 5,000 units per week in as little as 3 months from now.”

Nope. Maybe in Dec 2018 and that’s a big MAYBE!

And that would actually be no problem either. Tesla being a few months behind certainly isn’t going to be the end of the world. They are already have filed Chapter 14 bankruptcy, which is of course for “Cosmic Debt”, not actual financial debt.

“The number 14 in numerology is one that alludes to cosmic debt. People born under this number are urged to tread carefully in whatever they choose to do in life because their actions have far-reaching consequences. If you keep seeing 14 everywhere you go, you are more likely to be a risk-taker as well as one who is never afraid of challenges…..Number 14 gives you remarkable single-mindedness that can help you carry a project to completion. You are also more likely to start businesses that may seem weird to other people. Don’t worry if others don’t get you; you are a visionary thinker with ideas that are beyond your time.”


I think it was actually chapter 14.5, much worse!

Good news, but not out of the woods yet. They missed their own down-sized production targets. Did they accomplish this via automation improvements or was it via heroic-efforts and throwing a lot of bodies at it for 7 straight days with triple-shifts? I believe the Model 3 assembly line was designed to produce 60/hr, 500 units/day, 2,500 units/week for a SINGLE 5-day shift, or 5,000/week with two shifts.

They will be over the hump when the news is “there is no news”. Everything is working like clockwork. Workers are not being summoned for overtime or relocated from one task to help with Model 3 assembly. And the gaps are good, the paint finish is flawless, screens without glitches, all designed-features work and they’ve figured out how to add already-promised options like smaller packs and AWD to the assembly without grinding it to a halt again.

Finally, no matter what their production capabilities become, Tesla will only be able to deliver as many Model 3’s as they actually sell. With most manufacturers, production rate isn’t the delivery bottle neck. Its the sales. Going forward for Tesla, the key metric will be the reservation conversion rate, not the production rate.

Yes, it would have been interesting to see some of those details to better gauge actual progress.

But at least it’s progress and an indication they are moving more toward process optimization.

What does Hvac stand for,heating or ducks

“via heroic-efforts and throwing a lot of bodies at it”

That sounds like every significant product launch I’ve ever been involved with. I don’t know what people think happens at deadlines approach in manufacturing. Same for software. There is a saying that “Once you are 90% complete with a project, the last 10% takes 90% of your time.”

Epic final pushes at the end are the norm, not the exception.

“reservation conversion rate” is meaningless. Model S and Model X reservations were in the 10’s of thousands, and they have now sold 300,000, and sells more cars every quarter than they had initial reservations.

Reservations placed 2 years ago represent the BEGINNING of demand, with the sheer number of current reservations itself being the primary limiting factor in Tesla getting more reservations.

2,000 is better than feared, even if it was achieved only by shutting down S and X production. (And what a striking demo of how irrational the market can be! It makes zero sense to shut down S and X production to increase M3 production for a single week, yet it rewards such moves.)

Let’s hope it keeps climbing steadily. And that there’s no “quality bomb” embedded.