Tesla falls behind with production of ‘mass market’ electric car 0

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Tesla has fallen behind on production of the Model 3, the car touting as being the company’s first ‘mass market’ vehicle. The third quarter of 2017 saw only 260 cars produced.

The reason given for the disappointing figures are “production bottlenecks” but Tesla have been quick to point out there are “no fundamental issues with the Model 3 production supply chain”.

“Although the vast majority of manufacturing subsystems at both our California car plant and our Nevada Gigafactory are able to operate at high rate, a handful have taken longer to activate than expected”, Tesla said in its third quarter statement.

Tesla delivered a total of 26,150 vehicles in the third quarter, including 14,065 Model S and 11,865 Model X cars, an increase of 17.7% on the second quarter of 2017.

The company’s CEO, Elon Musk anticipated the problems; back in July he warned of “manufacturing hell” for Tesla when it aimed to produce 5,000 Model 3’s per week by the end of 2017, a figure rising to 10,000 in 2018.

Tesla’s electric vehicle ambitions don’t stop with the Model 3, an electric truck with a range of 200-300 miles is expected to be unveiled at some point in October.

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