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Fear of “Manufacturing Hell” Has Investors Unplugging From Tesla

Model 3 ramp-up could prove seriously challenging, CEO Musk warns.

by on Aug.01, 2017

An SRO crowd gathers for the event marking the delivery of the first Tesla Model 3 on 7-28-17.

After spending months driving up the shares of Tesla, Inc., investors seemed ready to run on Monday after outspoken CEO Elon Musk warned that his company could face a half-year of “manufacturing hell” trying to ramp up production of the new Model 3 battery-electric sedan.

The Model 3 is Tesla’s long-awaited entry into the mainstream market, with prices ranging from around $35,000 to $60,000. The California carmaker is believed to have as many as 400,000 advance reservations. But it will face a serious challenge, Musk acknowledged, boosting production at the Tesla plant in Fremont, California to the point where it can roll out the promised 500,000 vehicles next year.

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Investors aren’t the only ones worried. A group of Tesla workers on Monday asked the company’s board to provide a plan that will, among other things, address worker safety during an aggressive ramp-up aiming to boost production almost five-fold from 2017 to 2018. Tesla has come under fire in recent months over allegations of unusually high injury rates at the suburban San Francisco plant.

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Tesla Cutting from the Bottom: Kills Model S 75

EV maker looking for more separation between Model S, Model 3

by on Jul.24, 2017

Tesla announced it was ending sales of the Model S 75. The maker is looking to put some distance between the Model S and Model 3.

As Tesla’s new addition to its line-up, the Model 3 is now hustling down the assembly line, the company made another change to its portfolio, cutting the Model S 75, which was the least expensive model the EV maker offered prior to the Model 3.

The rear-wheel drive Model S 75 started at $69,500, but now the least expensive Model S is the 75D, an all-wheel-drive version of the 75 that starts at $74,500.

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In addition to creating a bigger price gap between the two vehicles, it also means that the Model S family is only available in AWD. (more…)

Tesla Set to Launch Sales, Production of Model 3

Critical test for battery-carmaker set to get underway.

by on Jul.03, 2017

Tesla could hit its mark for the first time by rolling out the first saleable Model 3 this week.

The biggest test Tesla has ever faced is about to get underway, CEO Elon Musk announcing plans to roll the first saleable Model 3 off the line on Friday, the same day customers will be able to place official orders for the new battery-electric vehicle.

The Model 3 will be Tesla’s first entry into the mainstream electric market, with its $35,000 base price running roughly half that of the company’s current Models S and X offerings. Tesla has reported taking over 300,000 advanced registrations for the vehicle, each with $1,000 deposits, but one key question is how many of those will translate into actual orders.

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The other question is how quickly Tesla will be able to meet demand. In a Sunday evening tweet, Musk said he expects that “Production grows grows exponentially, so Aug should be 100 cars and Sept above 1,500. Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in Dec.”

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Tesla Model 3 Taking the Slow(er) Road

First specs, including performance, appear online.

by on May.30, 2017

A Tesla handout shows a pre-production Model 3.

For many owners, one of the most appealing features of the Tesla Model S is its neck-snapping acceleration – with the optional Ludicrous Mode the sedan capable of launching from 0 to 60 in around 2.8 seconds.

While the new Tesla Model 3 will nearly match the range of some versions of the bigger sedan, don’t expect to see it come close when it comes to performance. What appear to be official Tesla figures indicate the new battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, will need about 5.6 seconds to nudge 60. That’s faster than the rival Chevrolet Bolt EV, but just barely, and more in line with what some comparably-sized gas-powered vehicles can deliver.

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Early EVs were battery-powered stone ponies, barely able to get out of their own way, the little Mitsubishi MiEV, for example, needing a full 13 seconds to get to 60. That’s a key reason, industry analysts suggest, that demand for those first-generation electrics was so poor. By boosting range and performance, however, buyers finally to be sitting up and taking notice.

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Tesla Wrestling With Challenges, Pressure from Plant Workers

Growing pressure on plant floor causing injuries, employee turnover.

by on May.19, 2017

Employees at Tesla's production facility in Fremont, California, complain of poor working conditions and injuries resulting from them.

While Tesla moves to push ahead with production of the Model 3, it is facing challenges inside its factory in Fremont, California, that include an increasingly restless workforce where turnover is high and complaints about on the job injuries are mounting.

The United Auto Workers has launched an organizing drive and pro-union have now filed multiple charges with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming they have been harassed for pro-union activity. Tesla has denied the charges.

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But Tesla also has been hit with complaints about working conditions inside the plant, which has also been turned into a giant construction site as the company’s founder pushes ahead with his bold expansion plans. Musk has even talked the Bay Area Rapid Transit authority about building a new station closer to the Fremont factory. (more…)

Tesla Briefly Idling California Plant to Prep for Model 3 Launch

“Planned pause” a critical step ahead of Tesla’s bet-the-company debut.

by on Feb.09, 2017

Tesla will pause production at its plant in Fremont, California, to prep for the Model 3, which is expected to come online later this year.

Tesla has confirmed it will briefly “pause” production at its Fremont, California, assembly plant this month as it begins the process of tooling up for the all-new Model 3 battery-sedan scheduled to come to market later this year.

The Model 3 is, arguably, the most critical model that Tesla will bring to market since it rolled out its original Roadster early this decade. Expected to deliver at least 200 miles per charge, but at a price tag barely half that of the current Tesla Model S sedan, the new EV has generated about 400,000 advance reservations, according to Tesla.

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But industry analysts warn that the company needs to ensure the Model 3 comes to market on time and with the sort of quality that mainstream buyers expect. (more…)

Tesla Warns of Slow Model 3 Deliveries.

Bad news for Tesla could be good news for Chevrolet’s new Bolt.

by on Oct.19, 2016

Tesla still hopes to have the first Model 3 sedans in production during the 2nd half of 2017.

Looking to buy one of Tesla’s new Model 3 battery-cars? You can look for a long wait.

Those who put in an early reservation for the carmaker’s first mainstream model might yet get a Model 3 delivered before the end of next year, Tesla now says more recent orders won’t be fulfilled until 2018. And some analysts questions whether the company will even meet that goal, considering its history of missing targets with new products.

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That could be good news for Chevrolet, however. The Detroit maker expects to start delivering the first of its own affordable, long-range electric vehicles before year-end, and battery supplier LG Chem said this week that it believes there will be demand for as many as 30,000 Chevy Bolt EVs in 2017.

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“Hubris” Hurts Launch of Tesla Model X

Production of battery SUV behind schedule; raises concern about plans for Model 3.

by on Apr.05, 2016

Tesla has run into a variety of problems with the Model X, including its falcon doors.

Technical problems, along with the company’s own “hubris” led to a shortfall in first quarter production at Tesla Motors, primarily of the new Model X battery-electric SUV.

The Silicon Valley automaker says it delivered 14,820 vehicles during the January to March quarter, insisting it is “on track” for its full-year target. But production was heavily lopsided in favor of the older Models S battery-electric sedan, with only 2,400 of the newer Model X utility vehicles rolling out of Tesla’s plant in Fremont, California.

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“The root causes of the parts shortages wereTesla’s hubris in adding far too much new technology to the Model X in version 1,” the company said in blunt terms, adding it was also impacted by “insufficient supplier capability validation, and Tesla not having broad enough internal capability to manufacture the parts in-house.”

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