Tesla’s Model 3 production ramp appears to be nearing 3,000 vehicles per week, with recent updates from Bloomberg’s online tracker and CBS’s interview with CEO Elon Musk seemingly suggesting that the company is on its way to achieving another milestone in the manufacturing of its mass-market compact electric car.
Over the past couple of days, Bloomberg’s Model 3 online tracker, which utilizes data from government resources, social media reports, direct sightings and communication from Tesla owners, has exhibited an uptick in the production of the electric car. By Monday, the tracker was estimating that Tesla was closing in on the 3,000 mark, with the company producing 2,866 Model 3 in a week. The publication’s estimates also suggest that Tesla has manufactured a total of 16,662 units as of date.
Considering Tesla’s goal of producing 5,000 Model 3 per week by the end of the second quarter, the estimated boost in the manufacture of the electric car from Bloomberg appears to be in line with the company’s timeline.
Apart from the publication’s tracker, another clue about the production of the Model 3 might have been inadvertently dropped by Tesla during CEO Elon Musk’s interview with Gayle King of CBS This Morning. In one segment of the interview, Musk and King went over to the room where the CEO had been sleeping in, with the two candidly talking about how the area was not conducive to resting.
One of the whiteboards in the conference room where Musk was sleeping at featured records for the production numbers in the facility. Looking closely at the text on the board, it is evident that it was used as a means to track the numbers of the Model S and Model X line.
During Musk’s interview, however, there was only one field that was filled in — vehicles built in one day. Considering that Musk was literally sleeping in that specific room, members of the Tesla forum community are speculating that the number might be pertaining to the Model 3 production line. Quite interestingly, the board indicates that the record number of vehicles built in a day was 435, which is in line with Bloomberg’s 3,000 per week estimate.
Quite interestingly, Musk’s latest figures for the Model 3’s production in the CBS This Morning interview was roughly 2,071 per week, which corresponds to approximately 300 vehicles per day. With Musk addressing the issues with the Model 3 line in real-time, however, it is not difficult to speculate that Tesla has increased its manufacturing rate in a short period of time.
Tesla is currently targeting a production rate of 5,000 Model 3 in a week by the end of the second quarter. Just recently, Elon Musk provided a brief update on the release of the dual-motor AWD option for the Model 3, stating that the configuration will be available once the company attains its 5,000 a week goal, which would likely happen around July. Musk also noted that the release of the white seats for the mass market compact electric sedan would probably be rolled out at the same time.
Watch Elon Musk’s interview with CBS This Morning in the video below.