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Tesla’s Model 3

"We did it!", Musk wrote in the email to employees. Unfortunately, numerous production hell issues - some of which were attributed to Musk's overly ambitious timelines - scuppered the plan. According to the China Automobile Dealers Association, Tesla exported about 17,000 cars to China past year, making it the company's second-biggest market.

Tesla hit a key milestone in the second quarter, managing to hit a 5,000-per-week production target for its important Model 3 electric vehicle. Tesla stated GA4 was responsible for 20% of the Model 3s in the last week suggesting a rate of ~1k/week for the tent and ~4k/week for GA3.

Surprisingly, this is a promise Tesla has (almost) delivered on.

The Goldman Sachs analyst David Tamberrino warned in June that Tesla would most likely miss its Model 3 targets, echoing the scepticism of many of his peers.

Tesla has also set goals for its future growth, and they're as unrealistic ambitious as the company has always been.

Tesla had a goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s per week before the close of the second quarter on Saturday to demonstrate it could mass produce the battery-powered sedan.

Tesla will have to prove to investors that it can sustain and increase its production pace, and some skeptics have bet against the company.


Tesla is expected to release a formal statement on second-quarter vehicle production and delivery figures as soon as Monday.

And the progress has not been limited to the Model 3.

The company had originally meant to hit the target by December previous year, but this was then pushed back to the end of the first quarter of 2018 and then delayed again to the end of the second quarter.

Prices start at $35,000 (£26,650), whereas the starting price for the Model S and Model X are around $80,000. This suggests there's room for Tesla to more than double Model 3 output next quarter.

"As we previously noted, we are in the process of changing the quarterly production pattern of those vehicles for the various worldwide regions to ensure a more linear flow of deliveries through the quarter". At the time, Musk stated in a tweet, "My job as CEO is to focus on what's most critical, which is now Model 3 production". Tesla has been using temporary periods of fast-as-possible production called "burst builds" to estimate how many cars it is capable of building over an extended timeframe.

In another bid to push the limits of technology, Tesla at times pulls robots off the line and tests them operating at speeds greater than specified by the supplier, said Charles Mwangi, Tesla's director of body engineering.

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