Tesla Production At 6,700 In Last 7 Days? Turning Towards 8,000/Week

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SEP 14 2018 BY MARK KANE 60

Tesl’s  production rate is finally growing towards new record levels

When Tesla hit a production pace of around 7,000 car a week (including 5,000 Model 3) at the end of June, we thought that the 6,000 Model 3 a week (target for August) was just around the corner. However, the production rate decreased and even Bloomberg’s Tesla Model 3 Tracker noticed that using its algorithm.

New data from insiders comes to us through Electrek, which says that during the past seven days, Tesla produced around 6,700 cars – that’s near the record from June.

The most important bit though is that in the past two days, production amounted to ≈2,300, which would be a little over 8,000 cars – if maintained through the full week!

8,000 cars (including 6,000 Model 3) sounds like a heartwarming end to a very strong quarter (especially since the lowest week was at ≈3,100). Tesla forecasted that 50,000-55,000 Model 3 could be made in the current quarter, which is still within range.


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I wonder what the new bar of failure’s gonna be? Probably something about cash burn or Tweets or something. Mix in a ‘fanboy’ label and Voila! Recipe for next level hatred!

So true, The bar is constantly moving despite the successes. The powers that be just ache to have Tesla fail, despite it being an innovative American company with highly desirable and superior products.

They’ll keep pushing the fact that he took a tiny hit of weed.

Yep, I’m still seeing it on the Apple stock app headlines.

Elon sets the prodcution goals, goals that they fail to achieve.

I’ll smoke to that 😀 But seriously, why is there an article about production rate every week? I don’t see articles about Leaf weekly production rates…

” I don’t see articles about Leaf weekly production rates…”
….and you need one because you have sleep problems?

That’s mainly because Tesla has grander ambitions for the Model 3 than Nissan has for the Leaf. Nissan is happy the Leaf is the best selling electric car worldwide, but they’re not trying to push it more than the Sentra or Altima. Whereas Tesla wants the Model 3 to become mainstream. Not just the best selling electric car, but one of the top selling cars overall. It’s a much bigger vision, and Model 3 is the first electric car that has the potential to be mainstream outside of China. They’re already backordered to the tune of a few hundred thousand. So that’s why its production rates are news.

Sentra 2017 = 218,000. Leaf 2017 = 11,000

Leaf is not the best selling, it’s the less lousy sales figures of the ICE cartel.
11,000 / 1080 dealerships = not even one car a month per dealership in the U.S.

Who cares?? If the man who sets the arbitrary production number(s) isn’t rattled, why should we be? Other than the stock price, I’ve yet to find a legit reason provided for why anyone should care about the difference between 4k cars delivered vs. 5k, etc.

The production numbers are indicative of Tesla’s ability to keep growing, and thus — for now at least — the entire EV market’s ability to do so…

Production numbers are arbitrary. There’s always a spin (positive or negative) regarding a production number. One side says the negative: they didn’t hit their arbitrary number. And then one side says the positive: maybe they didn’t hit their number, but they’re INCREASING their production steadily. One side says it’s the end of the world if they don’t hit their arbitrary number while the other side (me) says it’s no big deal because it has NOTHING to do with the actual car.

You see what I’m saying?

Some people waiting for the Model 3 SR care. Elon said that production on the SR will start after Tesla sustains a production rate of 5,000 per week. Hopefully the company gets there soon and there are no delays with the new battery module design, but I imagine it will be late.

You mean the production that has led Tesla to become the number 1 producer/seller of EVs by a large margin?

And in their failure, kill every other manufacturer because the goals are so lofty.

“Tesla building at a rate of Only 200,000 cars a year”?

Turn positive into negative with spin.

The more cars they make the more pollution they make….lol….i can’t even keep a straight face.

And right on queue, there is a story from Popular Mechanics that admits that the Model 3 is a great car, but they still have to take a swipe at Tesla “fanboys” in an attempt to Neg Tesla to prove to their motorhead bros that they are still cool even though they like an EV.

Clearly you don’t know what negging is!

Also the fanbois ARE annoying. And Tesla’s cult is the worst I’ve encountered, making even the Steve Jobs worshippers look rational by comparison.

PM made M3 they COTY, so I don’t know why you choose to complain about their one sentence about irritating Tesla fanatics.

I didn’t read that as a swipe. Pretty much the opposite, in fact.

Oh, haven’t you heard? Demand for the Model 3 is falling, There’s no way Tesla will be able to sustain this level of sales! All the serial Tesla bashers are saying so; how can we possibly doubt it?

Pay no attention to the fact that they said exactly the same about demand for the Model S and the Model X, for which demand has more or less plateaued after some years, but certainly has not fallen!

It is good that they are making so many cars, but on the demand side I have questions. A local tmS owner who wanted the SR version ordered a LR3 and got delivery date of 3 weeks in Colorado. That suggests the car was either already in production or possibly already built. That does not suggest that there is much of any backlog of orders.
Even if they settle in at a run rate of 4-5k per week long term that is still a pretty big number. It also suggest that if they can’t be profitable now at those run rates the viability of the company is questionable.

And pay no attention to the fact that the car is not even offered yet in, Asia, Europe, Australia

I am just waiting for the “he’s back!” moment from Harry Potter 5, after the year of denial when Fudge finally admits that Voldemort is alive.

Fudge represents the Tesla is Bankrupt crowd constantly ignoring the signs that they are setting up to be a successful company. Once Tesla delivers a few strong quarters and smashes some worldwide sales records there will be no option but to admit it and drop the Tesla bashing (it won’t go away, but more prominent sources will stop like LA Times, CNBC, CNN Money, etc).

Maybe some people set the bar way too high and are just looking for some way to see Tesla as failing. But I see more of the opposite, people ready to declare Tesla a success before it’s clear whether Model 3 makes or breaks the company. Lately there’s been a lot of good news, and very substantial, and less bad news, including some with very little substance (Elon’s appearance on Joe Rogan in particular). So there’s some reason to be optimistic. But that doesn’t mean they are out of the woods just yet. At minimum we need to see their financial results at the end of the quarter. If Tesla is going to finance its future investments, like Elon says it is (aka not raise capital again), it needs to make money. Not a few bucks on billions of revenue, but real money. Because there’s a lot of investment on the roadmap: Gigafactories in Europe and China. Model Y, the semi, the pickup truck, and the Roadster. A megacharger network for the semi. And surely before all this is done, quite a few other things Tesla hasn’t told the world about yet, probably hasn’t even yet decided, and things they… Read more »

It is not that Tesla is out of the woods, it what they claim is a clear sign of Tesla MUST FAIL in the future.

At the start of the year it was Tesla will fail because it can’t produce over a 1000 cars a month. Then when Tesla reached 2000 cars a month. It was Tesla will fail because it can’t reach 5000 cars a month. Then Tesla did a burst run of over 5000 cars a month. Then it was Musk smoking and drinking on YouTube (which means nothing about production.

Now it is Tesla will fail because they can’t do 8000 cars a month.

So which will be the next goal posts?

And don’t forget Tesla has competition coming from other companies so it must be doomed. Too bad that those other companies are limited in production or will not be ready until 2020! But according to them Tesla is doomed NOW!

FWIW, while not exactly COO, the promotion of Jerome Guillen to “president of automotive” is regarded as a step towards offloading Musk’s daily job.

Very nice to hear that things are still trending up for Tesla. The more EV’s on the road the better for us all.

Hear here!

This might be the “expedited” push to put out the last batch of cars painted Metallic Silver and Obsidian Black Metallic (by far the least popular paint option). We might be seeing what solving the bottleneck in Paint will do for production going into next quarter.

“The paint options are being reduced from seven to five. According to the company, this is done to streamline production… Any Metallic Silver or Obsidian Black Metallic Model 3 orders placed before Friday, will be produced on an expedited basis, so may be available as soon as two to four weeks”


Isn’t it more likely this new surge is because they are NOT painting those two colors?

Note the use of the Future Tense:

“WILL BE PRODUCED on an expedited basis”

That was earlier this week, right around the time the jump in production. Increase in production speed could be the result of only putting out the remaining cars in just those two colors.

That’s what good marketers say when they want to clear stock of an unpopular color. “To be discontinued. This Is your last chance. Buy now”.

If they can build 1150/day with those colors, how are they a bottleneck? That’s way above their average this quarter.

You are doing a very good job of proving John’s post at the beginning of this story 100% correct. Sadly, you don’t even realize you are doing it.

There may be a significant overhead during a change between colours, so reducing the number should increase throughput.

Yes, they said so in the past.

I don’t know if that’s true. I think they have several nozzles attached to hoses that rotate to the different color paint.

After one car is painted red the technician without going into the booth pushes a switch for the next color paint say black and the nozzle rotates.

Also there are many nozzles in the paint booth. That’s why I don’t understand what the problem is with painting.

Unless nozzles are clogging up, which seems like after so many pints or gallons of paint thru a nozzle you would run paint thinner through them to clean, even this seems like a technician wouldn’t have to go into the paint booth.

A tee or a Y connection with a valve to close the paint and a valve to another hose for the paint thinner to flush out the nozzle seems like that would be all you need to do.

So if that’s not the problem maybe the problem is with the paint itself.

Definitely not an expert.

I really don’t like the silver either buy have to have it on mine. My driveway is a quarter mile gravel drive and silver is the only thing that hides the dust in the summer. Otherwise, I would go for the blue or red.

Is that a ranch or something? Otherwise I’d say, if you can afford a property with a quarter mile driveway and a Tesla, why not also spring for some pavement and improve the property value?
Or go for a white one and have a silver foil job done, in case the option never comes back (BTW, until September 16th, you still can order silver)

Chrome wrap is clearly the only solution for your problem…. *grin*

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Good Lord, not sure which is worse- the chrome or the bangs..

I don’t know why old folks pick on that kid so much. I mean I wouldn’t have know who he was if it wasn’t for my niece when she was like 8 years old. Hell he’s worth $200 million. I bet if I had his money at that age, I’d probably have a car like that too.

It’s one of those Tricky Tesla Toss ups!

Sure, no problem with the sun glaring off all that chrome. It’s not like you need to see to drive, right?

The headline is very clear, but in my mind I thought it was for the Model 3 only so I got a bit disappointed. Still some time to go for them to reach that steady 5k per week Model 3 production (including deliveries). Will it come in October or November?

Does it really matter when they got or get there? The big picture is that they are out producing and out selling all other EVs, and the Model 3 beat *all* other cars in revenue this month …. and its only up from here.
See: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/09/09/tesla-model-3-becomes-1-best-selling-car-in-the-us/

Beating other EVs is not really setting the bar very high….and the Model 3 did of course not beat all other cars in revenue this month, looking at one market only is pretty irrelevant.

Competing against ICE’s…..globally… is what we are aiming for.

That is great news!
I believe the production issues have been eventually resolved.
Tesla will make over 200k car this year, it may reach 250k, very possible.

Very likely indeed. Deliveries were 30k in Q1, 40k in Q2 and should be around 80k in Q3. Q4 could be as high as 90-100k depending on Model 3 ramp. And production could be a few thousand higher with “in transit at the end of the quarter” 10k+.

I view Tesla’s production with growing astonishment and wonder. Last year, Tesla’s global sales total was 101,312. It looks like they will more than double that this year! How many auto makers (other than startups) have ever doubled production in a single year?!?!

Go Tesla! Keep going Tesla!

And make that double again next year..

And to think the big gas car makers spent so much money lobbying to repeal fuel economy for gas guzzlers.

I was their last gasp before the EVentual Flood.

I am impressed with the amount of model 3s Tesla is producing. The car, the production lines, everything was done from the ground up. I knew they would get there, I didn’t expect it so soon. This is great news. I also didn’t think they were going to start producing the base model 3 until 2020 or later, but at this rate I believe they’ll have some base model 3s on the road next year. I know Tesla said that, but I don’t go by what they say.

I, too, am impressed with the number of cars per week Tesla is producing. An absolutely fantastic achievement. This is great news for so many reasons.

21k for the month of September.

I had to read carefully to keep in mind that all the high production quotes include Models S and X as well as 3. This last week was 4,400 for Model 3 and 3,100 for the previous week.


I was at a National Drive Electric event in Knoxville TN and there were 6 Model 3’s there with three still on temporary tags. The tsunami is underway.

As my wife and I drove back from a Drive Electric event yesterday, we passed the Tesla Factory area and saw dozens of car carrier trucks loading hundreds of new cars wrapped in plastic and heading out for deliveries all over the country in the next few days. Gonna be a very big quarter. Gonna be a very good year once the hell of production and delivery is overcome.