Despite reduced deliveries, 'extreme' production ramp up at Tesla
5 July 2016
Tesla has set itself some ambitious production goals. Earlier this year, CEO Elon Musk said that he wants his company to be building 500,000 vehicles a year by 2018. That's, um, soon. So, it's good news for the company to be able to say that it is now "consistently" building " just under 2,000 vehicles per week."
The company's production rate has ramped up sharply, since a press release issued over the July 4th holiday weekend says that almost half of the 18,345 vehicles that Tesla made in the second quarter of 2016 were made in the last four weeks. In other words, if Tesla is building about 9,000 vehicles a month, that's well over 2,000 a week. Still a far cry from a half-million a year, but it's progress.
As for deliveries, the company's Q2 numbers were a bit lower than expected. Tesla says that it has over 5,000 EVs on trucks or on ships, awaiting customer deliveries in early Q3. For Q2, Tesla delivered 14,370 vehicles, with 9,745 of them being Model S EVs and 4,625 Model X SUVs. As Electrek points out, this is the first time that Model S deliveries dropped for two quarters in a row, and they're now at their lowest point since the third quarter of 2014. There are a few more details in the PR below.