Tesla Model 3 Drive Unit Production Eclipses 10,000 / Week

SEP 30 2018 BY MARK KANE 28

10,000 drive units in a single week.

We don’t know yet the official numbers of Tesla Model 3 production in the third quarter, but according to one of Elon Musk’s emails sent to employees, there are some milestones worth celebrating.

Apparently, the Model 3 Drive Unit Team at the Gigafactory was able to reach a production pace of 10,000 drive units in one week.

We assume the 10,000 electric motors/gearboxes/power electronics would be sufficient for some 5,000-6,000 Model 3, as most of the production is dual motor versions (at 80% all-wheel drive Tesla needs 10,000 drive units – front and rear – for 6,000 Model 3).

Anyways, at least we know that drive units are not the blocking production from reaching 6,000 Model 3 a week (target for August).

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28 Comments on "Tesla Model 3 Drive Unit Production Eclipses 10,000 / Week"

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Alaa Sadek

Thus 750,000 to 1,000,000 cars in 2019 is possible.

Taylor Marks

750K might just be possible… 50K Model S, 50K Model X, and 650K Model 3.

That’d require an average of 13K Model 3 per week through the entire year… so like, 10K/week, 12K/week, 14K/week, and 16K/week for Q1-4 respectively…

Seems way optimistic, but maybe just barely possible.

I think an average of 9.5K Model 3 per week next year is more likely, giving ~500K Model 3 and 600K cars total.


No way… That would be an average of 13.000 Model 3 a week, already 30% more than the elusive 10.000 a week objective. And we are not yet at 6.000 in a single week. Every recent projection lead to, at most, 7.000 a week on average for the end of the year.


I think you are right, Moshe. I was thinking 350,000 for a full year, not sure how ffbj got to 750k, let alone 1,000k. He did say “is possible” though, not that it was going to happen soon.
750k will happen, perhaps, but not next year.


That was the post below mine.
In January I said they would make 145k Model 3’s in calendar 2018.
Next year, 2019, possibly double that for 300k or so.


Correct me if I am wrong but were not the Tesla fan boys says Audi drive unit production is meaningless just a week ago??

Some Guy

I don’t know if someone said that.
Was Audi doing 10000 units per week at that time?

The more important thing in this news is that at that rate, drive units seem not to be a bottleneck issue for the continuing ramp-up, when the base model will enter production at some point. That one will only have one of those each, if I#M not mistaken.


Someone making a dumb comment or two does not speak for “the Tesla fanboys”.


I don’t recall reading any such claim in IEVs comments. Was that on another website?

If it was just one person making a random assertion, then it would be wrong to believe it indicates a consensus among Tesla fans. You can find eccentric and/or crazy people in very nearly every group of people, Tesla fans included.


my take 100 S and X and around 250K to 300K model 3 max possible for 2018 since finance is a limitation.


Likely 160,000 – 170,000 Model 3 in 2018, going by the numbers we’ve seen tossed around.

(And finance is not the limitation… At least not the primary one.)


Shorters and Russian trolls can’t take a break, bad Elon…….. lol


We know Tesla is not making enough of the front wheel drive unit as waiting time is still longer for AWD and P3D than for RWD. Tesla did not start production of front wheel drive units until a few months ago so still need some time to ramp up. Looking forward to see Tesla start international sales of P3D. Would be good for profits and also show Tesla are making enough front wheel drives.


“We know Tesla is not making enough of the front wheel drive unit as waiting time is still longer for AWD and P3D than for RWD.”

Does not logically follow. Not even remotely.

Longer waiting time for the AWD version almost certainly has more to do with higher demand for that trim level of the TM3 than with availability of a particular set of parts.


Err, what? Why would higher demand cause longer waiting times, *unless* there is a bottleneck in production of that particular trim?


Start putting those extra motors into Tesla Semis. 🙂

Right on

I am a strong conservative, a believer in conservation and a clean earth. I am also a huge supporter of Tesla and Elon Musk. Most conservatives think like me. Why the hate?


Probably because part of the conservative’s platform is against alternative energy and transportation. People associate platforms with the norm, not the exceptions.

Mister G

That’s correct, Trump was bragging about coal mining at the West Virginia rally last night.


His comments are “Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

Please ignore him, he doesn’t speak for anyone else.

Mister G

Do you vote Republican?


I see, you have outgrown merely useless comments, and now go for outright offensive ones. Congratulations.

Mister G

If the truth offends you I can’t help you or comfort you LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP


Why would you assume 80% are AWD? AFAIK estimations are generally around 50%…

(6,000 cars from 10,000 drive units would put AWD share closer to 70%, though.)


Your information is wrong, about 80% of orders are AWD.

Dennis Doss

On the waiting list for a year for a $35k model. Will believe it when I see it.


10000 units is excellent news and is the right order of production scale size.
However, if we assume the 80% AWD, then more drive units are needed to produce 6000 vehicles.
Indeed 80% of 6000 makes 4800 AWD vehicles which require 9600 drive units on their own but then you also still need some more for the remaining other 20% of 6000 vehicles which is 1200 extra units. So the total is not at 10000 units but at 10800 units.
If they must do 6000 vehicles with 10000 drive units they need to tweak the AWD versions down to 66.65 % which is a quite different ratio than 80%.