Tesla in 'production hell' to meet Model 3 deadline: Elon Musk

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In tweet on October 7, Musk said, "Tesla Semi unveil now Nov 16".

He added that the internal Tesla team on Puerto Rico is very small and the company is working to send more experienced installers to train and hire locals.

Musk said increasing battery supplies was a top concern after speaking with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, who said he was interested in using Tesla's commercial batteries, the Powerpack, and solar panels to rebuild the island's electrical system.

And patient they are.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk shared a short video Sunday of Model 3's production body line in action.

If there's one thing the Internet likes, it's a good slapfight, particularly when the arguing involves Tesla.

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The Model 3, which the company claims to hold more than 400,000 pre-orders, has reportedly been plagued by production problems.

"Semi specs are better than anything I've seen reported so far", Musk tweeted Oct. 6. "That's horse and carriage stuff", a veteran manufacturing consultant was quoted saying.

"Imagine Puerto Rico becoming the electric vehicle capital of the world, with well-apportioned recharging stations, near-zero emissions, and car sharing for the tourism sector", Johnson, a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Business, writes. The Palo Alto, California-based company delivered just 220 Model 3 sedans and produced 260 in the third quarter. The Austin police chief declared on Friday that a Ford Explorer SUV that the automaker repaired for a return to service with his department actually doesn't appear to have had exhaust containing carbon monoxide seeping into it despite his saying earlier that it did. Musk said the system could be scaled up to suit Puerto Rico's needs.

It comes as resources have been diverted to fix Model 3 production bottlenecks to ensure that Tesla meets its demand for the electric vehicle.

According to Musk, the Model 3 assembly line is running at about one-tenth of the speed it is designed to run. Making Puerto Rico a green energy haven is thus a matter of political will, not financial capacity.

However, the company emphasizes that there are "no fundamental issues with the Model 3 production or supply chain". While Model S deliveries could come down as Model 3 deliveries increase, the Model S will likely remain a leader in its category.

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