Tesla Had An Aggressive Model Y Production Plan, But Then Changed It

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Tesla Had An Aggressive Model Y Production Plan, But Then Changed It
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It’s no secret that Tesla had a rather aggressive manufacturing plan for its mass-market Model 3 vehicle. The company had promised to produce 5000 units per week by the end of 2017. But it encountered multiple manufacturing issues and had to build cars under a makeshift tent to meet its output goal. It somehow managed to achieve that goal in July this year. Leaked documents obtained by Business Insider suggest the EV maker had an incredibly aggressive Model Y production plan, but Tesla has changed it now.

Was the Tesla Model Y production plan realistic?

Business Insider got its hands on documents Tesla had sent out to its employees right before its October earnings call, where Elon Musk told investors that he had approved the Model Y prototype for production. Musk added at the time that he was targeting 2020 for Model Y production.

According to the leaked documents, the company had planned to produce 7,000 Model Y SUVs per week at Gigafactory 1 in Nevada by December 2020. Pilot production was set to begin at the site by June 1, 2020. Tesla also aimed to output 5,000 Model Y units a week at its upcoming China Gigafactory by February 2021. The China factory was supposed to start production in small numbers by early October 2020.

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