Model S. Image source: Tesla. A successful solar power grid in Puerto Rico would likely be a flagship project - paving the way for similar opportunities around the world. In a comprehensive report on the possible makings of the Model Y, Ben Sullins of the YouTube channel Teslanomics said he expected the Model Y to have better specs than the Model 3 "if Tesla can pull it off".
"It is important to emphasize that there are no fundamental issues with the Model 3 production or supply chain". We are still in the beginning of our production ramp, but every Model 3 is being built on the Model 3 production line, which is fully installed, powered on, producing vehicles, and increasing in automation every day. During last week's call, Rosselló said Musk offered consoling words about the devastation on the island and to help with immediate relief efforts. By the numbers, the company is well behind its objective, citing "bottlenecks".
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced the company's semi-truck won't be revealed until November 16.
Tesla says it understands what needs to be fixed and is confident of addressing the manufacturing bottleneck issues in the near-term. Robotic arms can be seen working away as sparks fly from the structural body of the vehicle mid production.
Puerto Rico's utility company, PREPA, was bankrupt even before the storm. So why is Tesla struggling to build the Model 3 on its own admittedly ambitious schedule? "Her pace reduced to ensure proper Assembly and to ensure that people could in advance to stop the robot in case something goes not so", commented on a video entrepreneur on his Twitter page.
The microgrid took just one year to install and finish.
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see if Tesla will be able to manufacture 5,000 Model 3s a week as initially promised. And with vehicles starting out at $200,000 apiece, this bespoke approach adds value.
However, the company produced a higher number of 25,708 car units in the previous quarter, which suggested that Tesla's production fell by 1.4% quarter-over-quarter. In fact, the company's next vehicle, the Model Y compact SUV, could further that objective.
With an all-electric drivetrain and the capability to trial so-called "platooning" technology, Tesla's semi has the potential to make waves in a segment that doesn't yet competition in production.