Tesla Gigafactory making 5,000 Model 3 batteries a week
Employee leaks production numbers before his tweet was deleted shortly after.
The Gigafactory has hit their production target of 5,000 Model 3 batteries a week. A Tesla manager claimed they more than doubled the production rate over the last three months. If so, it means one bottleneck less and four to go.
It has been a tough time at Tesla in Fremont. Delays in the Model 3 production had made the rounds regularly and led to Elon Musk taking the “Reorg” in his own hands, and fast.
Now it appears, redundancies and regular halts of the lines are showing results, particularly at the Gigafactory. The battery making part of Tesla had been blamed to delay Model 3 production due to bottlenecks.
However, Lead Material Flow manager for the Model 3, John Totah tweeted yesterday that Tesla achieved the production rate target. Both the tweet as well as the user account have since been deleted although you can find traces of both lingering on the network.
Tesla employees are not allowed to make comments on internal workings at the electric carmaker before being cleared by the media unit. While Tesla CEO Elon Musk had claimed they were making “more batteries than any other maker”, the latest number put out by his employee await official confirmation yet.
Still it appears Tesla production rates are indeed on the up. Automotive News reports, Tesla could hit the 200,000 sales mark already this July that triggers a phaseout of the federal tax credit for the lease or purchase of a new plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.
electrek.co (Gigafactory), autonews.com (sales)