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.