While the automotive industry typically takes years of planning to place its assembly lines, Tesla accomplished the task in 2 weeks.
According to an employee from Tesla Inc, the carmaker’s CEO Elon Musk, is doing all he can, even if it is disrupting the production of the Model S and X, in his drive to keep pumping out more Model 3 electric sedans.
In the final weeks of June 2018, Musk pulled out all the stops in order to meet the goal of making 5,000 Model 3s in a week, said employees on the condition of anonymity.
Pacing at the Model 3’s production line, Musk was packing heat and was on his toes to ensure that there whatever problems there are with robots are dealt it in time and with efficiency.
In what is likely to be an unprecedented move, in just two weeks, Tesla built an entire new line in a huge tent outside the main factory. The industry typically takes years of planning to place its assembly lines.
As per a worker, the tented production line accounts for nearly 20% of the Model 3s produced last week.
“They were borrowing people from our line all day to cover their (Model 3) breaks so the line would continue to move,” said a Model S worker.
When asked on the potential impact this would have on the Model S and S, Tesla stated, along with the Model 3s it produced last week, it also made 1,913 of those vehicles.
Ever since the production of the Mode 3 began last July, Tesla built 40,989 of them and 28,578 in the second quarter.
This massive push naturally involved a significant rewrite of Tesla’s employee attendance policy. Mandatory weekend shifts were assigned to workers, said two workers as Tesla continued to produce Model 3s at a frenetic pace.
In order to keep the momentum going, many employees were told to meet their daily production mark and not stop work when their shifts ended.
“They said starting tomorrow be prepared to work up to 12 hours,” said a Model S employee. “It’s gonna be basically 12 hours from now on and I’ve got a feeling it’s gonna be six days a week.”
What is lucidly clear to employees is that Musk intends to sustain this pace of manufacturing in the coming weeks.