Elon Musk has once again on a public platfom confirmed that Tesla has pushed back the unveiling of the company’s big rig truck until mid-November, citing reasons the electric vehicle manufacturer was diverting resources to fix production bottlenecks of its new Tesla Model 3 sedan and to help Puerto Rico. Musk said Tesla’s Model 3 was “deep in production hell” echoing his own comments in July, when he showed off some of the first cars of that model. Tesla Model 3 could help the company approach its goal of becoming more of a mass market producer. Recent comments have tempered expectations about the speed of the increase in production, though. Musk’s comments came after the close of stock trading on Friday. The company’s shares fell 0.8 percent in extended trading.
Tesla Semi unveil now Nov 16. Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 6, 2017
The Palo Alto, California-based company delivered just 220 Model 3 sedans and produced 260 in the third quarter. The company had ambitious plans to produce more than 1,500. Musk also tweeted the company was diverting resources to increasing battery production to help hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, where most residents remain without electricity. Earlier this week Tesla reported that “production bottlenecks” had left it behind the planned ramp-up for the Model 3.
In response to a Tesla customer asking if he would get his car delivered this year, Musk tweeted, “December will be a big month, so probably, but it is impossible to be certain right now.” A Wall Street Journal report said parts of Model 3 were being made by hand as recently as early September, adding to production delays.
Musk also said Tesla would reschedule the unveiling of its semi-truck to Nov. 16 as it focuses on fixing production issues tied to Model 3 and increases battery production for Puerto Rico.
This is for the second time unveiling of the truck, called Tesla Semi, has been delayed. First scheduled to be unveiled in September 2017, Musk had rescheduled it to late October and now in November.
“Semi specs are better than anything I’ve seen reported so far. Semi eng/design team work is aces, but other needs are greater right now,” Elon replied to a twitter user who asked him about the specifications of the semi-truck. A Reuters report suggest that the Tesla's truck would have a working range of 200-300 miles.
Earlier in the day, Musk said the company will send more battery installers to Puerto Rico to help restore power after Hurricane Maria knocked out power on the island over two weeks ago.
With inputs from Reuters