This pandemic couldn’t have come at a worse time for Tesla, and it seems like they’re having issues ramping up production of the Model Y. The Model Y started rolling off the production line months ahead of schedule. But in an email leaked to Electrek Elon confirmed they are having trouble getting back to pre-lockdown production capacity. Could Tesla be in trouble?
It seems like Tesla isn’t really having trouble with the Model 3, S, or X. Since initial deliveries of Model Y came so far ahead of schedule, we shouldn’t be too concerned about Tesla’s imminent downfall.
We are doing reasonably well with S, X, and 3, but there are production and supply chain ramp challenges with Model Y, as is always the case with new products
But it does seem like the chaos of locking down right as they were ramping up production has caused some challenges. Specifically, it seems like they are having trouble with excess manufacturing defects on the Model Y.
It is extremely important for us to ramp up Model Y production and minimize rectification needs. I want you to know that it really makes a difference to Tesla right now.
“Rectification needs” refers to defects on vehicles after they’ve gone through the standard production line that need to be fixed. This isn’t too surprising, as there were many reports of manufacturing defects early on in the Model 3’s manufacturing.
But it really is a shame that the pandemic has been such an obstacle to ramping up Model Y production. The initial production of the Model Y had gone better than any other car Tesla has made. But Tesla is committed to working out the problems with Model Y production and improve their production lines.
Model Y, especially GA (stands for General Assembly), is the top priority for both production and manufacturing engineering. GA4 (stands for General Assembly Line 4) is also top priority for facility improvements.
Let’s hope they’re successful. We don’t want to see Tesla lose the wind in their sails. But the fact that reopening the lines building the other Models has gone smoothly is a glimmer of hope. They aren’t having trouble producing the best selling electric car in the world, so I think they should be fine for now. We’ll just have to see how their Q2 financial report is looking in a few weeks.
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