Despite Tesla encountering production problems since the launch of the Model 3, CEO Elon Musk is not discouraged. On the contrary, in an internal email he wrote, he now aims to increase production, saying the latest stop of the lines only serves those upgrades.
The email has been sent to employees following yesterday’s halt of production in Fremont and at the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada. Musk now told his workers, that Tesla is aiming to more than double production.
The email as obtained by electrek reads in this regard:
“Starting today at Giga and tomorrow at Fremont, we will be stopping for three to five days to do a comprehensive set of upgrades. This should set us up for Model 3 production of 3000 to 4000 per week next month.
Another set of upgrades starting in late May should be enough to unlock production capacity of 6000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June. Please note that all areas of Tesla and our suppliers will be required to demonstrate a Model 3 capacity of ~6000/week by building 850 sets of car parts in 24 hours no later than June 30th.”
The new target is 6,000 Model 3 per week across all production processes and suppliers in order to achieve an actual 5,000 units per week in June – with a margin of error.
Writes Elon Musk: “The reason that the burst-build target rate is 6000 and not 5000 per week in June is that we cannot have a number with no margin for error across thousands of internally and externally produced parts and processes, amplified by a complex global logistics chain. Actual production will move as fast as the least lucky and least well-executed part of the entire Tesla production/supply chain system.”
So basically Tesla is aiming to reach their initial goal with some internal adjustments having been made to be on the safe side. The latest numbers had put the EV maker behind schedule. In Q1, Tesla constructed 9,766 Model 3, with 2,020 rolling off the assembly line in the last week of March, thus missing the initial production goal.