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.
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About 690,000 recipients are now enrolled in the program, and their work permits are due to expire in March 2018. This comes just weeks after President Trump and Democratic leaders claimed to have agreed to a deal on DACA.
The Model 3, which the company claims to hold more than 400,000 pre-orders, has reportedly been plagued by production problems.
"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.