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posted by martyb on Tuesday August 01 2017, @04:41AM   Printer-friendly
from the production-needs-a-boost dept.

Tesla is beginning to deliver a small number of Model 3 cars, but there are concerns that Tesla will not be able to produce enough cars to meet demand:

Wall Street finally got to see all the details of the Tesla Model 3 during the car's launch event Friday. So far investors have given it the thumbs down with the electric car maker's shares down more than 2 percent midday Monday.

"We believe the Model 3 was as good as or better than expected, and pricing was as expected with considerable initial upsell. That said, the rubber now hits the road, and the fundamental questions remain unanswered," Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi wrote in a note to clients Monday. "CEO Elon Musk sounds increasingly squeamish about the production ramp." The analyst cited how the $35,000 Model 3 car will not be available until early 2018 with only a higher-priced $49,000 model available this year. He also noted Musk's comment to employees to prepare for "production hell."

Speaking of "production hell", Tesla employees in California are threatening to unionize:

Employees at the electric automaker's factory in Fremont, California, have been agitating for a union since Jose Moran, a production associate, wrote a Medium post in January detailing difficult work conditions at the flagship plant. The bulk of the demands has since centered on improving equipment to reduce workplace injuries.

[...] Musk originally called injury allegations at the Fremont plant "disingenuous or outright false" but has since told employees to report injuries directly to him.

Although the base price of the car is $35,000, that can rise to $55,000 or more after options.

Also at MarketWatch, Ars Technica, and CNET.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 01 2017, @05:06PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 01 2017, @05:06PM (#547707)

    For another take on Musk, see the Autoextremist this week,
        http://www.autoextremist.com/current/2017/8/1/the-greatest-pr-show-on-earth.html [autoextremist.com]

    Peter is from Detroit, was formerly a PR/advertising guy and he's really hard on GM for not supporting the Bolt with a great press launch. At the same time, he sees through Tesla as a cult of personality. He's convinced that if the Model 3 production numbers approach what has been projected, the build quality will suffer greatly...

    And he's a good writer, fun to read his bombastic columns.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 01 2017, @08:33PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 01 2017, @08:33PM (#547746)

    Ha, one of the letters to Autoextremist this week,

    Boy, I'm sure happy my new Model 3 that I didn't order wasn't delivered. I couldn't have evacuated the Outer Banks due to the power outage... probably can't buy a generator within range of the Muskmobile either.

    Brings up a good point, if there is a widespread power failure, anyone with an electric car is sol unless they managed to charge in advance (and then leave the area).

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 02 2017, @12:23AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 02 2017, @12:23AM (#547793)

      Can't a generator charge an electric car?

      Seems the real solution is an electric pickup truck, with room in the bed for a generator. A generator and a big tank of gasoline, or maybe diesel.

      Do they make diesel generators?

      Electric pickup truck, diesel generator, and a 500 gallon tank of diesel.

      Range problem: Solved. Power Outage problem: solved. You are welcome.