Tesla Asks Employees To Help Deliver 30,000 Cars In 15 Days

Tesla is no stranger to ramping up deliveries towards the end of each quarter, and it is doing it again as the end of Q1 2019 approaches. This time, it has called on its employees to help out.

According to Business Insider, which got hold of an email sent from Tesla senior vice president Sanjay Shah to department heads across the company, Tesla wants employees to volunteer and help the brand deliver cars before the end of the month.

“We need your help to make more progress in volunteer sign ups. We have to deliver 30,000 more cars in next 15 days,” Shah’s email read.

Despite aiming for a continual boost in deliveries in recent quarters, Tesla stated in its fourth-quarter financial filing that deliveries in North America could be lower this quarter than Q4 2018 as the automaker increases deliveries across Europe and China.

From production hell to delivery hell

Speaking with Business Insider, one Tesla employee claims to have driven a car three hours to deliver it to a waiting customer before taking an Uber ride back. Tesla paid for the employee’s trip.

“We all pitched in because we want to see the company succeed. We did it for our own job security and for the company,” the employee said.

In January, Tesla revealed that it was purchasing its own “car-hauling truck capacity” in a bid to “reduce vehicle transportation time and improve the timeliness of scheduled deliveries.” Elon Musk also stated in November that the automaker had purchased trucking companies to help with deliveries. Those within the car-hauling industry deny these assertions, but have confirmed the carmaker has various contracts with auto hauling companies.

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  • Jason Miller

    Drove from my place to Tucson on Sunday (40 minute drive on I-10) and saw two trucks full of Model 3’s while doing so.

  • Zandit75

    Why does Tesla insist on doing things the hard way?
    Make a deal with a transport company who can do the job. This a ridiculous way to do business.

    • Mr. EP9

      Because they’re incompetent.

  • Mr. EP9

    When you have to ask your employees to help deliver vehicles because you still haven’t figured out how to get them into the hands of customers efficiently, you’re doing something wrong. Oh, well, guess those poor bastards are going to be pulling triple duty. Might want to crack the whip too while they are at it for some extra encouragement.

  • bxniels0

    I thought these cars had “autopilot”. Shouldn’t the cars be able to drive themselves to their new customers?

    • Dennis James

      The day this happens, self-driving will finally become a thing and not just marketing hype.


  • helloWorld

    poor uber dude, he has to travel three hours back with no pay. I won’t take these rides without a premium

  • helloWorld

    tesla isn’t paying enough for transport contract drivers; so they are getting none. it’s just bad logistics on Tesla’s part. you can’t continue to do this in the long term


    It looks strange, you buy a new car, but somebody drives it before you, you get used car… 🙂

  • Mike anonymous

    The Semi truck, Roadster, & Y, and 3 vehicles that are still needing to be built by the company. The only vehicle currently in major production is the Model 3 introduced in 2016. Prior to that the only other vehicles they have in production are the Model X 2013 and Model S 2012.

  • WalthamDan

    So much for delivering cars that come 100% fully charged.

  • Daniela Wolf

    Oh Q1 is amlost over ? Guys we need to boost our sales figures fast!

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