Tesla raises Model 3 Q2 production target to 6,000 units/weekby Justin King
The company just completed its first week with more than 2,200 units rolling off the assembly line.
After falling behind in its initial Model 3 production ramp and lowering output targets, Tesla is now apparently confident it can raise its output goals for the second quarter.
In a letter distributed to employees and obtained by Electrek, CEO Elon Musk has explained that an upcoming shutdown will "set us up" for production rates of 3,000-4,000 units per week by next month.
"Another set of upgrades starting in late May should be enough to unlock production capacity of 6,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June," he added.
To be clear, the 6,000-unit internal target is designed to allow a margin of error and still meet the 5,000-unit public goal.
"The reason that the burst-build target rate is 6,000 and not 5,000 per week in June is that we cannot have a number with no margin for error across thousands of internally and externally produced parts and processes, amplified by a complex global logistics chain," Musk wrote. "By having a Model 3 subsystem burst-build requirement of 6k by the end of June, we will lay the groundwork for achieving a steady 6k/week across the whole Model 3 system a few months later."
The executive also praised his employees for making the Model 3 design tolerances "better than any other car in the world" and promises to further improve going forward.
"This is not enough. We will keep going until the Model 3 build precision is a factor of ten better than any other car in the world," he added. "I am not kidding."