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Elon Musk Releases Video Showing Slow Model 3 Production

Elon Musk Releases Video Showing Slow Model 3 Production

Tesla CEO Elon Musk likes to take to social media to set the record straight, so it comes as little surprise he’s done just that regarding Model 3 production. After reports the company is grossly behind its own production forecasts, Musk has released a video showing off the slow Model 3 assembly line.

According to Musk, the Model 3 assembly line is running at about one-tenth of the speed it is designed to run. The slowness stems from the fact the company is trying to insure build consistency and gives workers the time to stop the assembly process if something appears to go wrong.

This video comes as Wall Street Journal reported last week that aspects of the Model 3 were still being hand-built as recently as early September, which would obviously also delay production further. Musk has been vague on details behind the delays, blaming them on generic “bottlenecks” and “production hell.”

The delays have been significant enough that Musk has delayed the reveal of Tesla’s new electric semi truck until later in Nov.

Tesla recently reported the company has delivered only 220 Model 3 sedans. This is a pace that falls significantly short of the 500,000 per year goal the company has for its high-volume product.

The Model 3 body line slowed down to 1/10th speed

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