Two month in the third quarter of 2018, and Tesla seems to have already produced more Model 3 than in all of the second quarter 2018. according to Electrek’s Fred Lambert 53,000 vehicles have been produced until Friday August 31st, 2018, of which 34,700 were Model 3s. To compare that with Q2: for those 3 months Tesla managed to produce 28,578 Model 3. Thee last seven days in August saw 6,400 cars coming out the production lines, which included about 4,300 Model 3s.
While Tesla has (again) missed its own (ambitious) goals, this time to produce 6,000 Model 3 per week, the company is on a goo path to reach between 50,000 to 55,000 Model in Q3. A new bottleneck seems to be the paint shop. A fire last April forced the Model 3 production to stop several shifts and ventilation shafts seem to keep getting clogged..
In other Tesla news rumors made the round that the new Tesla Roadster is coming as a surprise guest to the Auto Basel 2018 in mid September.
There were also news on the potentially first Model 3 for the European market to be under production or close to being produced. Online-Blog Clean Technica has pointed to a series of Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) that are issued by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. Seventeen of those VINs seem to be for vehicles for the European market. Those cars could be the ones for homologation – the process to get the car approved and tested by the authorities.
Here are two videos that YouTuber Marques Brownlee published. The first one is a factory tour with Elon Musk, the second an interview with him.
This article has also been published in German.