One of the highlights from today’s Tesla Q1 2016 earnings call, beyond the company making the announcement that it has accelerated its goal of producing 500,000 vehicles per year from 2020 to 2018, is the revelation by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that he has a sleeping bag at the end of the Model X production line.
Musk reaffirms his position during the earnings call that the Model X was designed with a lot of “lot of bells and whistles”, and advanced technologies that weren’t necessarily needed, but at no expense to quality.
“I’m personally spending an enormous amount of time on the production line. I have a sleeping bag and desk at the end of the production line which which I use quite frequently”, says Musk. “The whole team is focused on achieving a high [production] rate and quality.”
As a result of the increased focus on quality control overseen directly from Musk himself, Tesla was able to increase production volume of the Model X by five-fold from 507 units in Q4 to 2,659 in Q1. Musk reassures analysts during the Q1 earnings call that Tesla has been able to achieve a much tighter feedback loop between Design Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Production in order to streamline efficiencies ahead of next year’s Model 3 production.
The Model X touted by Elon as “the best car ever” has seen its fair share of criticism after early complaints around faulty falcon wing doors and a voluntary recall of its third-row seats. The company continues to reassure owners that some quality issues were limited to Signature / Founder Series Model X and early-VIN vehicles, and any faulty parts from suppliers have been re-engineered.