Tesla has launched its quarterly automobile manufacturing numbers for the third quarter of 2017, which it says was its “all-time greatest quarter for Mannequin S and Mannequin X deliveries” — but it surely was not a terrific quarter for manufacturing of the Mannequin three, of which solely 260 have been made. This was far beneath predicted totals, which Tesla ascribes to “manufacturing bottlenecks,” although it additionally says that it “understands” the problems and that there are “no basic points with the Mannequin three Manufacturing or provide chain.”
Tesla had mentioned in August that it ought to be capable of obtain manufacturing of round 1,500 automobiles in the course of the quarter, so it clearly undershot its earlier goal. This explains why, on the Mannequin three preliminary worker launch occasion in July, Elon Musk confused that Mannequin three would face “manufacturing hell,” which might proceed solely on the tempo of its slowest part manufacturing charge.
Tesla says that it’s “assured of addressing the manufacturing bottleneck points within the near-term,” however didn’t present an up to date prediction for its future manufacturing capability. Musk mentioned in July that it is aware of that its manufacturing charge for the three will seem like an S-curve, but it surely’s not but certain the size and form of that S-curve, because the part provide chain for the automobile consists of 30 % of components sourced from exterior North America, and is topic to important “power majeure danger.”
Together with the Mannequin three, Tesla produced 25,336 autos, the overwhelming majority of which have been Mannequin S and X autos. Of the 260 Mannequin 3s it made in the course of the quarter, 220 have been delivered to prospects, these being presumably largely workers and traders.