Tesla Motors announced it is “making preparations” to boost its vehicle production at its factory in Fremont, California, according to Bloomberg which cites an internal email sent from the company’s automotive president Jerome Guillen.
“While we can’t be too specific in this email, I know you will be delighted with the upcoming developments,” the exec wrote.
Tesla has achieved record deliveries in the second quarter, beating Wall Street estimates and easing concerns over demand. The company delivered a total of 95,200 vehicles, a 51.1 per cent increase over its first quarter and a little more than the previous record of 90,700 units sold in the fourth quarter of 2018.
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This was also mentioned in the internal email, where Guillen said that the company “hit new records in all production lines for output and efficiency”, both in Fremont and in its Gigafactory in Nevada, and that “quality is also reaching record highs.”
The Palo Alto-based EV maker plans to build “significantly” more vehicles than the 360,000 to 400,000 it expects to sell this year. This could mean that production may reach 500,000 vehicles globally in 2019, provided that the new factory in Shanghai, China can reach “volume production” early in the fourth quarter.
Guillen said that many parts of the assembly line in its new Chinese factory are already in place: “The Stamping, Body, Paint, and General Assembly lines in China are well underway and hitting records in both line design and fabrication,” he commented, so this target, while not certain, is not out of the question either.