Tesla in 'manufacturing hell' to satisfy Mannequin three deadline, Musk says


Tesla CEO Elon Musk with the Mannequin three in late July, when deliveries started. Picture credit score: REUTERS

UPDATED: 10/9/17 four:21 pm ET – provides inventory shut

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk on Friday pushed again the disclosing of the corporate’s large rig truck till mid-November, tweeting that the electrical car maker was diverting sources to repair manufacturing bottlenecks with the brand new Mannequin three sedan and to assist Puerto Rico.

Musk mentioned Tesla’s Mannequin three was “deep in manufacturing hell” echoing his personal feedback in July, when he confirmed off a number of the first vehicles of that mannequin.

The Mannequin three might assist Tesla strategy its aim of turning into extra of a mass market producer. Current feedback have tempered expectations in regards to the pace of the rise in manufacturing, although.

Musk’s feedback got here after the shut of inventory buying and selling on Friday. On Monday, the corporate’s shares fell three.9 % to $342.94. 

The Palo Alto, Calif., firm delivered simply 220 Mannequin three sedans and produced 260 within the third quarter. It had deliberate to supply greater than 1,500.

Musk additionally tweeted the corporate was diverting sources to growing battery manufacturing to assist hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, the place most residents stay with out electrical energy.

Earlier this week Tesla reported that “manufacturing bottlenecks” had left it behind the deliberate ramp-up for the Mannequin three.

In response to a Tesla buyer asking if he would get his automobile delivered this yr, Musk tweeted, “December might be a giant month, so in all probability, however it’s unattainable to make certain proper now.”

The Wall Avenue Journal reported Friday that elements of the Mannequin three have been being made by hand as just lately as early September, including to manufacturing delays.

Mannequin three output started in early July however the Journal, citing folks aware of the matter, mentioned the superior manufacturing line Tesla is setting up at its Fremont, Calif., manufacturing unit wasn’t utterly prepared as of some weeks in the past. Staff had been piecing collectively elements of the Mannequin three in a particular space whereas manufacturing engineers scrambled to complete the equipment designed to supply vehicles at a fee of hundreds every week, the paper reported.

Musk additionally mentioned Tesla would reschedule the disclosing of its semi-truck to Nov. 16 because it focuses on fixing manufacturing points tied to Mannequin three and will increase battery manufacturing for Puerto Rico.

The revealing of the truck — Tesla Semi — has been delayed for the second time this yr. Musk had initially mentioned the truck can be unveiled in September, however he later rescheduled it to late October.

“Semi specs are higher than something I’ve seen reported up to now. Semi eng/design group work is aces, however different wants are higher proper now,” Elon replied to a twitter person who requested him in regards to the specs of the semi-truck.

Reuters in August reported that the truck would have a working vary of 200-300 miles.

Earlier within the day, Musk mentioned the corporate will ship extra battery installers to Puerto Rico to assist restore energy after Hurricane Maria knocked out energy on the island over two weeks in the past.

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