Tesla Waiting On Automated Production System From Germany To Ramp Up Model 3 Numbers

Despite all the promises, production of the Model 3 has failed to ramp up to Tesla’s planned numbers. According to Autonews Europe, there’s at least one significant issue causing this delay.

The electric carmaker has revealed that it has designed a new automated system for module production at its U.S. battery factory in Nevada. The only issue is that this system currently resides in Germany after being constructed by the firm’s Grohmann unit.

“That’s got to be disassembled, brought over to the Gigafactory, and re-assembled and then brought into operation at the Gigafactory. It’s not a question of whether it works or not. It’s just a question of disassembly, transport and reassembly,” Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said on a conference call.

When the system is operational in the United States, Tesla must then fix material handling constraints at its assembly plant in Fremont, California in order to meet its 5000-a-week goal by the end of June.

Currently, Tesla is targeting an output of 2500 cars a week by the end of March. According to Evercore ISI analyst George Galliers, missing this target could hurt the brand.

“Should Tesla miss its 2.5k unit weekly production target, for the end of Q1, investors will be left disappointed and concerns will increase,” he said.

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  • Kash

    Is Tesla ever at fault? Like have they ever just come out and said “Look we f*cked up and over promised on what we could deliver”? If they did I think I’d like them more, but everytime they delay something its never their fault, it’s always someone else’s.

    • Nordschleife

      It really is a shame that people some people/businesses can not accept responsibility for their actions. I agree with you if they would just admit their faults they probably wouldn’t have so many “claimed” haters.

      • Kash

        I wouldn’t be so critical of them if they did. Just once, that’s all I want.

    • jsz00

      Nah. Reality Distortion Field is very strong.

  • Jerry Hightower

    Why wasn’t this unit in place before production even began? A carpenter doesn’t go to work without his hammer! What will the next excuse be?

  • BGM

    I know nothing about Paypal. Other than that Musk and creativity are two words that shouldn’t be on the same planet together. Electric cars, rockets, tunneling machines… Pretty much everything that comes out of this guy’s mouth is old news thought of by people far superior to him.

    Then there are the fanbois… Tomorrow Musk could get on Twitter and say *I’ve invented this contraption that will revolutionize travel! It’s a circular component intended to rotate on an axle. I shall call it the Easy Rotator Supreme!* and the fanbois would go crazy saying how he invented the wheel.

  • UGH! Another Tesla Story