Elon Musk Announces Around-The-Clock Production Of Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 out the assembly line is seen in this undated handout

A GoFundMe page for our favourite alien (he's from South Africa) has been launched after Musk told CBS that as part of his work to stave off "production hell" with the latest Tesla 3, he has been sleeping in the office, but the sofa in there is so uncomfortable, he's often on the floor.

Speaking of targets and production challenges, the news comes just two weeks after production figures for the first quarter of 2018 revealed Tesla had once again missed its Model 3 production goals. "The reason for the new target is that 5,000 Model 3s per week leaves the company with "no margin for error" across the company's manufacturing process and supply chain".

In fact, the shutdown may be being used to reduce automation on the Model 3 line using more human production and fewer robots or conveyor belts, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk alluded to in a Tweet on Sunday.

The Model 3 is the first mass-produced Tesla electric vehicle, notes CBS News.

"Please note that all areas of Tesla and our suppliers will be required to demonstrate a Model 3 capacity of ~6000/week by building 850 sets of vehicle parts in 24 hours no later than June 30th", Musk wrote in the email obtained by Jalopnik, adding that all Model 3 production at Fremont will move to 24/7 operations.

To hit that target, Tesla is adding an extra shift at the factory.

Underscoring Tesla's need to roll out cars quickly to customers and collect needed revenue, the company will also begin working around the clock on the Model 3 sedan, adding another shift within general assembly, and both the body and paint shops, Electrek quoted Musk as saying.

"Starting today at Giga and tomorrow at Fremont, we will be stopping for three to five days to do a comprehensive set of upgrades".

After a similar shutdown in February, Model 3, about which Tesla released almost the same statement, production did increase. A better couch, Musk gets better bang for his z's and Tesla gets a more rested CEO. That's thanks in large part to the company's investment in the Model 3, which isn't likely to earn a profit anytime soon. Musk said earlier this month that the company will be profitable in 2018.

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