Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Tesla thins out its paint palette to "simplify manufacturing" at factory

Data sources GoodCarBadCar InsideEVs TroyTeslike and Kelly Blue Book Data sources GoodCarBadCar InsideEVs TroyTeslike and Kelly Blue Book
Kayla Schwartz | 14 September, 2018, 23:59

In June, the company met a long-delayed goal of making 5,000 Model 3s in one week, but in addition to sustaining that rate of production, it has a new hurdle to clear: delivering the $35,000 base-priced version of the Model 3 that prompted Tesla to make the auto in the first place.

Here's the scrapped Silver Metallic color on a Tesla Model S.

Tesla didn't immediately respond to a request for comment as to why the metallic colors were problematic for production, or what Musk means by "higher price", but we'll update this post if we hear back. So far, the company has only made premium versions of the Model 3 with long-range batteries.

"We occasionally adjust pricing and available options to best reflect the value of our products and to streamline our manufacturing operations", a Tesla spokesperson told Reuters. It missed several deadlines to produce 5,000 of its mass-market Model 3 cars per week but reached that milestone earlier this summer.

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Separately, automotive news website Electrek reported that Tesla is now launching its own in-house "Body Repair centres" to reduce repair time with the first nine locations. Clearly, as added by experts, Tesla is still a greenhorn when it comes to mass production.

According to some tech industry analysts, Tesla's move to ditch paint options will just be the first of the many measures that the company is willing to implement in order for it to achieve a more simplified production process. A week later, shares plunged again after Musk said the go-private plan was abandoned, and they fell one more time last Friday when Musk was caught smoking marijuana on camera during an interview. "We would definitely honor that obligation, and we would do so right now if it were possible", Musk said.

Quality is more important than speedIn the near term, Tesla is going to focus on the more profitable models, Acevedo said.

With the worst of the problems seemingly behind Tesla, it seems that they should be well on their way to finally fulfill their ambitious targets as long as they can stay out of trouble. With this statement in mind, it appears safe to infer that by April or Mar 2019, Tesla would be manufacturing the $35,000 base Model 3. During the three months that ended in June, Tesla produced 53,339 vehicles and delivered 40,740.

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