Tesla Model X #13 Gets Delivered


Ahead of tomorrow’s plug-in electric car sales report for November, we’ve learned (via retweet by Elon Musk) that Tesla had delivered Model X #13 the day before Thanksgiving.

So, it seems then that Model X deliveries are still occurring at a glacial pace.Ā  Through the end of October, our estimates (see sales scorecard below) suggest that Tesla delivered 10 Model X.

Separately of interest, the Daily Kanban speculates (with quite a bit of evidence, actually) that slow production of the Model X could be linked to a NOx emissions problem at the Tesla Fremont factory.

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers (click to enlarge)- *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers ā€“ Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat/BMWx5 Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

2015 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers (click to enlarge)- *Estimated Tesla NA Sales Numbers ā€“ Reconciled on Quarterly Totals, ** Fiat/BMWx5 Does Not Report Sales Directly, Estimate Based on State/Rebate Data

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So an oven that burns volatile organic compounds to prevent them from polluting the air is holding up line? Presumably these compounds are leftovers from the painting process? So it’s a garbage incinerator kind of?
Interesting that this doesn’t affect the Model S so there must be at least one other thermal oxidizer. I guess it’s at capacity?
These things must be expensive enough to not have redundant units.

Since the Teslas are all-aluminum maybe they can offer a paint-free or an anodized chromatic option šŸ˜‰

In all seriousness, a brushed aluminum version with black trim pieces might look pretty hot (at least the day it rolls off the line).

I saw a Cessna 140 aircraft in brushed aluminum the other day and it looked still pretty after 75 years. I don’t know what they did to preserve it.

Hey, it worked for the Delorean!

That was stainless steel. Aluminum does corrode if left unprotected.

The Delorean was a Stainless Steel bodied car… Big Difference …..

Three points:

1 ) I find it completely implausible that Tesla is held up by a factory emissions issue. As others have noted, the Tesla S is rolling out literally in the thousands on the same line, nose to tail.

2 ) Tesla prides itself on its world class paint, so I can understand there’s no compromise and they only risk customer issues while gaining nothing if they don’t hold the line till quality is impeccable.

3 ) For paint, given the quality and availability of a affordable paint film, why not, as suggested, deliver the car in airplane “DC3” trim (unpainted aluminum with an anti-oxidant coating) then let users decide on their own individual color or finish … personally, I’d save the weight of the paint and the $1000-2000 cost and go “nekkid.”

Three billion dollars in Model X orders delayed by months due to a flaky oven? Color me skeptical.

Negative propaganda again?

I’m willing to be convinced otherwise. However, if you read the supporting documentation, you find that this device has been out of compliance since November of 2014, and that Tesla’s plan is to continue using it until they can qualify a replacement. Given that their documented plan did not include turning it off or dialing back usage, I don’t see how this effects production of anything.

I agree

I would think if this were the real problem, and I were in charge.. I’d just lower production of Model-S in order to get some Model-X out the door.

The painting robots are programmed for the MS not the MX, that’s why there is a separate painting room for the MX (different robots) so you idea won’t work without a huge delay in MS production.

Plus I’d like my MS before the end of the year so don’t give them any ideas!

David Murray said:

“…if …I were in charge… Iā€™d just lower production of Model-S in order to get some Model-X out the door.

Well then, I guess it’s good that you’re not in charge. Since much of the startup and tooling-up costs for the Model S have been amortized over a few years, Tesla is certainly making a higher per-unit profit on the Model S than on the Model X, and likely will for at least a year or so.

Assuming that the X and S could be made on the same line, if the line is paid for then it would make more sense to make X’s than S’s as the X sells for more.

This is not that crazy if they only need to “borrow” the paint oven from the S line you might be able to squeeze an extra shift here and there.

Chances are it is nothing to do with the paint oven

I think if it was the only problem then maybe they would. I’m willing to bet there are a number of issues hampering production.

I suspect with 2 very similar production lines they are probably hammering out as many model S’s as they can while they try and fix what ever issues with the X line that they have. It would only have to be 1 component that they can’t make or source to stop the line from producing X’s. I geuss we’ll get a clue tomorrow when we see the sales card.

I saw a Model X out in the wild yesterday. In Atherton, California . . . a rich enclave where CEOs and sports stars live.

Looked nice. Kinda like a bloated Model S. I wish it had the nose cone though. That new grille looks too much like Toyota’s. Ick.

Hey, what do you want for a lousy 150 Grand?? l m a o

Um, which model of Toyota’s does the MX nose most closely resemble? I think Tesla has a particularly distinctive look, without going full fake ICE grill.

It’s possible you’re going to see more of it on a refreshed MS and on the upcoming M3.

I said ‘too much like’ not ‘closely resemble’.

200 a weak

Please be sure to post a story for each car they deliver. That helps us know how Tesla is doing on an hourly basis.

Don’t give them anymore deas….l m a o


Growing Pains….

Indeed. Altho I find it odd that they’re refurbishing a thermal oxidizer instead of buying a new one, if it’s holding up production in a major way. But then, it may be that a new unit would have to be given a major refit to get it to work with existing equipment, so perhaps adapting a used one is actually faster.

It’s rather frustrating that this issue was raised, but there are too few details to be able to really understand what’s going on.

The most likely scenario is that Tesla just aren’t ready to produce the Model X yet. These little stories of possible excuses are just enough to get some of the fans to buy it and then spread it like an accepted truth.

The only question is how far from ready to put it into a production line they are and how sweaty the engineers and other production related developers and staff are getting.

But I don’t really care about what or how they get it to work as long as it gets into real production fairly soon and boosts, not breaks the company.
The sooner full focus is on the Model 3 and loads of money from the Model X gets in to support that development and later the production of it the better.