Tesla's Elon Musk releases video showing Model 3 production
16 October 2017 - Autoblog
After reiterating that Model 3 production was "deep in production hell" and plagued with "bottlenecks," Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk released video of the Model 3 production line, perhaps to show that cars are actually being produced.
Tesla reported recently that it has delivered just 220 Model 3s so far, off the pace it had set for itself at this point, and far off the ultimate production goal of 500,000 cars per year.'
In response to a Tesla customer asking if he would get his car delivered this year, Musk recently tweeted, "December will be a big month, so probably, but it is impossible to be certain right now." And a Wall Street Journal report last week said parts of the Model 3 were being made by hand as recently as early September, adding to production delays.
Musk explained that the video shows production at 1/10th speed, not by slowing down the video, but by slowing down the actual assembly line.
Musk explained that they slowed the line to demonstrate build consistency and to show that workers could stop the robots if something went wrong.
One of Musk's Twitter followers then sped up the video by a factor of 10, to show what full-speed production would look like. Which to the untrained eye, looks frantic and somewhat terrifying, but luckily no humans are seen anywhere near the action.