Drone Footage Reveals That Tesla Has Ramped Up Model 3 Production

Tesla is well behind schedule with its Model 3, but drone footage of the carmaker’s Fremont factory shows that it has increased its entry-level model production in recent months.

In October, Tesla revealed that it built just 260 examples of the Model 3 in the third quarter of the year “due to production bottlenecks.” This was significantly less than the 1500 units which Musk asserted Tesla could build in September alone.

This clip perfectly captures the enormity of the automaker’s facility and the large number of Model 3s sitting in parking lots at the site. At the same time, it’s baffling why so many new Teslas are still in the company’s parking lots, especially since over 400,000 people are waiting for their EVs to be delivered.

Nevertheless, Tesla fanatics and Model 3 customers will, in all likelihood, be happy with the news that the automaker is finally is increasing its inventory.


  • Arthur Burnside

    I estimated about 600 vehicles on that lot. Since Tesla is trying to raise cash, there is no legitimate reason for not delivering those cars and getting paid. They may be waiting to have major fixes or a part that wasn’t available when they went thru the production line. SO many would probably mean missing a part. But this is only 600 and took several weeks to accumulate.
    That doesn’t sound like their assembly line is anywhere near its designed speed. GM amd Toyota produced a lot more cars at that facility than Tesla is planning to build. It is boring listening to all these Tesla spooks who sound like their entire lives depend upon getting this rather plain Jane car in their driveway. It has a very ugly front end.

    • S3XY

      “GM amd Toyota produced a lot more cars at that facility than Tesla is planning to build”

      And how many decades have they been making trash gas cars…. I’ll wait.

      • LWOAP

        Their worst car is still more reliable than Tesla’s best car. How do you like them apples?

        And speaking of trash, you should look at Tesla’s build quality.

    • scott

      Awaiting a fix of some type is the most likely explanation. However, I am not sure where Tesla stands in terms of total US sales but the possibility exists that they are attempting to hold deliveries so they do not hit that point at the end of a quarter. The IRS rule for the tax credit phase-out states that the phase-out will begin at the end of the quarter immediately following the quarter in which you sell the 200,00th unit. If you assume 13 weeks per quarter and you sell the 200,000th unit in the last week of a quarter than there would be another 13 weeks of the full credit before the phase-out begins. However if you reach the mark in the 1st week of a quarter you would have another 25 weeks where buyers would get the full credit. (the remaining 12 weeks of that quarter and 13 weeks for the following quarter).

      While awaiting a fix is the more likely reason for these cars sitting in a lot there is a legitimate reason for not delivering EV cars at the end of a quarter.

  • UGH! Another Tesla Story

  • BlackPegasus

    Nice footage. Tesla will probably flag the video once they discover it. Not long ago amateur footage of the Tesla Semi Truck was taken down from Instagram.


    My guess is those cars are waiting to have some major issue fixed.

    • S3XY

      Don’t see many jew-lee-uh’s on the road.

      • LWOAP

        Pathetic attempt at trying to direct attention away from Tesla’s reliability issues.

        And it’s spelled Giulia.

  • brn

    The drone flight breaks multiple laws. Nice job promoting illegal activity.

    • S3XY

      Glad you enjoyed.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      I thought the same thing

  • krusshall

    They are probably waiting for their battery pack to be installed. The battery pack has been purportedly the problem holding up production. Assembly is supposed to be automated but problems forced Tesla to assemble them by hand.

  • S3XY

    Model Trees everywhere

  • Loverymike

    Don’t see many jew-lee-uh’s on the road.

  • brett hoover

  • KareKakk

    Why send up a drone for capturing this? Why not drive to the parking lot and take some photos there? Seems to be a quit open place with access from the sideroad next to it.

  • BlackDiamond

    Tesla is trash. Good concept, but trash execution.

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