How Musk achieved output at 5,000 Model 3 for the week

For a very long time Musk was scolded for failing to make the promised plan for 5,000 Model 3 cars in a week. Shares fell, skeptics smiled and even shareholders wanted to dislodge Musk from the post of head.

But here comes the news that the company Tesla went out to produce five thousand Model 3 a week – more than six months after the originally scheduled deadline. The last electric car came off the assembly line of the factory in Fremont, USA, on Sunday morning, a few hours after the deadline set by the executive director of the brand Elon Musk.

And you wonder how he achieved this?

Some time before this moment, Elon Musk (Elon Musk) has set a new timetable for all Tesla Model 3 car assembly factories. In order to produce enough cars and keep within the schedule planned for June, the production will work around the clock, 24 hours 7 days in Week.

Further, Musk ordered his employees not to carry out a critically important brake test on the new Model 3 electric sockets, Business Insider reports with reference to the internal documents received.

Tesla refused to conduct one of the security tests for Model 3. According to the publication Business Insider, the head of the companyElon Musk gave such an order to speed up the process of producing cars. The company itself stressed that the test, from which it was decided to refuse, was redundant. Shares of Tesla on the background of this fell by 6%.

Tesla is in a hurry with the supply of cars, which affects the quality. Recently, the company for the first time managed to fulfill its goals to increase the mass production of the electric car Model 3. This happened with a delay from the original plans for the year, but it still happened, and Elon Musk’s joy was limitless. The pace of production of Model 3 is the main problem of Tesla, due to which the company’s shares by the beginning of April 2018 fell by approximately 35% compared to the peak values ​​of September last year.

Now investors are worried not by the idle question how long Tesla will be able to maintain such a pace, being, as described by Musk, in the “industrial hell.” To achieve the planned volume, Tesla had to work in an accelerated mode.

According to the company’s employee, on the eve of the deadline, workers from other departments were moved to the Model 3 assembly, some types of production were shut down (for example, the Model S assembly). This suggests that the company managed to produce the planned number of cars mainly through manual labor, rather than automation, which Musk represented as a competitive advantage of the company, said Reuters.

Insides about violations of the production process or quality of parts periodically appear in the press. 40-year-old ex-technologist Martin Tripp recently told The Washington Post that Tesla is installing faulty batteries in its electric cars and that Musk lies to investors, talking about the number of cars produced.

According to a new insider, the head of the company gave the command to pass the brake test, which is a critical stage in the production process of the car, especially at the final stage.

During the test, the engine of the car is started up to certain revolutions per minute and check the brakes and the alignment of the wheels under load.

The previous batch of Model 3 also had problems. The non-commercial organization and publication of Consumer Reports did not recommend the purchase of Model 3, as during the testing the specialists were dissatisfied with the operation of the brake system and noted the difficulty of controlling certain functions of the car.

The length of the braking distance of the electric car at an emergency stop at a speed of 60 miles per hour (96 km per hour) was 46.33 m. In this indicator, the Tesla Model 3 loses to any other car of its class and even a full-size Ford F-150 pickup truck, 44.2 m is required.

Due to a significant reduction in braking performance and inconsistent results, Consumer Reports specialists had to test the second car. The test results were almost identical. The Model 3 braking distance was 6.3 meters longer than the average in the class and 7.62 meters longer than the Model X crossover.

Head of Testing Department of Car and Driver KS Colwell also noted the low efficiency of the brakes: “For 11 years I have never seen a car that showed such volatility during the tests. Maybe some trucks … but it’s very strange. “

Recently it also became known that the vice-president and chief technologist of the company Doug Field resigned. The exact reasons for this step, like the name of the new leader, are not called, but the most likely scenario is the problem with Model 3. It was Field who was responsible for automating the production of the “budget Tesla”. As a result, due to deadline from robots had to be abandoned, the company could not adjust the automated production in the required amount.

Doug Field, previously worked for Apple and Segway, joined Tesla in 2013 to develop next-generation electric vehicles. In April, Elon Musk stated that he personally would monitor the organization of the mass production of Model 3, after which the company almost completely switched to manual assembly. Perhaps this situation will now continue for a long time, so Doug Field, who was almost useless at this stage, initially decided to leave for a long vacation at his own expense, and now he completely left the company.

Anyway, but the departure of the chief technologist is an important milestone for Tesla, which, perhaps, is now actively revising its strategy. In addition to debugging the mass production of Model 3, the company is preparing to actively expand its operations and plans to produce a Semi truck, a Model Y crossover and a new Roadster within the next two years. Whoever takes the place of Doug Field, he will have to roll up his sleeves to solve not only the current problems of Model 3, but also make every effort to bring to the market a number of announced Tesla cars.

It is worth noting that Doug Field is just another loss of Tesla in recent months. So, after the April departure to Intel of the head of the autopilot development department of Jim Keller, in May Waymo passed the head of technical security on the roads Matthew Schwal. At the same time, analysts are increasingly expressing disappointing forecasts about the future of Tesla, so it seems that people are leaving the already sinking ship.

sources Business Insider -na-kruglosutochnyiy-rezhim-rabotyi /

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