Tesla Motors may be approaching a 100,000 cars per year production target through reaching a steady 2,000 cars per week level, based on off-the-record comments.
According to an article published yesterday in Electrek, that information was revealed by a Tesla product specialist who mentioned the 2,000-cars-built-per-week number to Tesla owners at a “Tesla Weekend Social” event. The publication also cited “a reliable source with knowledge of the matter” who said that the company “actually surpassed the 2,000 vehicles mark a few weeks ago.”
That source suggested Tesla was producing notably more than 2,000 cars during “regular production weeks.”
That could bring the automaker up to speed with a target initially set for late 2015. Almost two years ago, CEO Elon Musk had said that the company expected to be operating at a “run rate” of 100,000 cars a year by the end of 2015. That was thrown off by a series of challenges that had to be addressed after launching the Model X electric SUV last fall.
According to sources, Tesla’s run rate is now split between the Model S and Model X. As you can see in the latest Dashboard in HybridCars, the Model X was the top selling plug-in electric vehicle in the U.S., selling 500 more units than the Model S in May 2016.
Tesla mentioned the production forecast during its latest quarterly shareholder letter on first-quarter 2016 results. “Importantly, now that supply chain constraints have been resolved, we plan to exit Q2 at a steady production rate of 2,000 vehicles per week, thus laying the foundation for a strong Q3 delivery number,” the company reported in the letter.