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2016-11-18 13:51:56

Tesla confirmed that they completed production line layouts for the vehicle and they are now deep in the testing of the subsystems.

The automaker reiterated that they are on target for “volume production and deliveries of Model 3 in the second half of 2017”.

“For Model 3, we have completed production line layouts and will soon begin installation of new body welding and final assembly lines. We have established a world-class team of suppliers for Model 3 production equipment and components and critical long lead time equipment and components have been sourced. We are now testing vehicle systems such as chassis, the high voltage drive system, and low voltage subsystems such as vehicle controllers, HVAC, infotainment and lighting. As refinement of the Model 3 continues, we remain on plan for our timing, volume, vehicle capability, pricing, and margin targets.”

Tesla wrote that it is still expanding production capacity at the Fremont facility, where it recently announced plans to almost double the size of the factory, but also that they are “exploring additional production capacity in Asia and Europe.”

Of course, the Gigafactory is still central to the timeline of the Model 3. Tesla confirmed that they are still “on track to begin cell production later this year.”

by Electrek

2017-10-07 09:03:40

Tesla replaces Model 3 headlights, battery, seats, and more while going through ‘production hell’.

Tesla disappointed with its Model 3 production during the last quarter with only 260 units. The company blamed the result on “production bottlenecks” and CEO Elon Musk said today that they are pushing the Tesla Semi unveiling to focus on Model 3 production.

To be fair, these early production issues are expected when launching a new vehicle program. 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.”

It means that a few components are only manufactured in low volumes, which limits overall production.

The company says that it is “confident of addressing the manufacturing bottleneck issues in the near-term” and it didn’t change the delivery timeframes for regular customer deliveries.

In the meantime, employees and company insiders are the ones taking delivery of early production vehicles. Those vehicles are subject to components changes as Tesla tunes its manufacturing processes for Model 3 and add more production parts.

Sources familiar with those changes confirmed to Electrek that they had to make over a half dozen of them. In most cases, the vehicles are still performing normally, but Tesla wants to replace a now “prototype” part with a production one or it has improved on a production part through the deployment of the Model 3 manufacturing lines.

For example, Tesla has already replaced the Model 3 front and passenger seats as well as the battery packs from the vehicles made in July.

More recently, Tesla changed the Model 3’s headlight and tail lights for vehicles made in August. The headlights were replaced with an “upgraded version”, while the first version of the tail lights were susceptible to condensation – something that was visible in some Model 3 production candidates spotted in the wild earlier this year.

by Electrek