Since Tesla began rolling their Model 3 off the production line there have been a number of production challenges, set-backs, and delays causing uncertainty in the electric vehicle manufacturer’s ability to produce an affordable, mass-produced electric vehicle. With production finally ramping up, Tesla seems to be working to silence their critics with this new announcement.
Elon Musk and Tesla have been ridiculed for failing to meet production goals for the Model 3 that Musk said would be met last year. With demand still very strong for the Model 3 and production trying to keep up, investors have been skeptical if Tesla can truly mass produce a vehicle.
After closing production for a few weeks earlier this year to help streamline production bottle-necks and Musk’s recent announcement that Tesla would be shedding 9% of its retail employees to help become profitable, the team seems to be hitting their stride.
Musk tweeted that the team at Tesla is beginning to drive Dual-Motor Model 3s off the production line. Up to this point, there has been one version of the Model 3 with either a standard or long-range batter and various upgrades to purchase.
Depending on the version a customer reserves, the time-frame for delivery varies. With Tesla now working to open up ordering to other variant models of the vehicle with different combinations of motors and battery packs, the team is looking to expand options for customers.
This gives a couple of significant nods in the direction that production is going well and that their processes can handle more complications in the production process. It could also be a way to keep demand strong and work to have customers that have been pushing off ordering to jump in line. The team is working to have 5,000 cars rolling off the line per week by the end of June.
Time will tell if the team is able to get production goals meet, but after a string of delays and modifications to their production routine, it looks as though Musk and the team at Tesla are set to meet goals and become profitable sometime in Q3 or Q4 of 2018.