Tesla News: Tesla Misses Model 3 Production Goal & Tesla Semi

Tesla Misses Their Model 3 Production Goal

Tesla has missed their Model 3 production deadline. Though disappointing, this news does not come as a surprise. Elon Musk himself warned his staff at the Model 3 launch party; “we are heading into manufacturing hell”. Musk readily admits there are issues with production, though he vigorously defends the Model 3’s design. Due to these production issues, more than 80% of the Model 3’s have been delayed. Tesla has released a statement addressing the issue.

“Model 3 production was less than anticipated due to production bottlenecks,” Tesla says. “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.”

Hopefully these delays will be corrected soon and the Model 3 will proceed as scheduled for 2018.

The Tesla Semi – A Picture of The Beast

It was announced earlier this month that Tesla would produce an all electric semi. A picture of the Tesla semi has surfaced on Reddit and true to Tesla form, the semi is sleek and glossy. Much different from the common rig, but something we have come to expect from Tesla.

The semi is said to have a range of 200-300 miles, which makes it a candidate for shorter trips rather than cross country. Tesla is also planning to incorporate Autopilot. Autopilot in a semi may be the game changer we’ve all been waiting for and the edge for Tesla. Though Daimler seems to have successfully engineered a Semi EV, Tesla is yards ahead of the competition in autonomous driving.

No drowsy drivers (or DUI drivers) behind the wheel of semis? Who wouldn’t want that? Autonomous semis is a noble cause, but let’s hope Autopilot is well established by the time the semis start carrying it. With power comes responsibility and the Tesla EV semi is certainly big and powerful, so powerful that Musk calls it “The Beast”.