Posts Tagged: Tesla Model X

Elon Musk: When it comes to autonomous driving, data is everything

Vehicle autonomy is developing on a parallel course with electrification. Tesla is at the forefront of this trend with its Autopilot features, keeping it a nose ahead of any potential competition from other automakers. Every day, more Autopilot-driven miles are added to the body of data that the company is amassing. Tesla said in April… Read more »

How Tesla plans to meet its unprecedented new production schedule

“Definitely going to need to rethink production planning,” tweeted Elon Musk when he learned of the explosive demand for his latest creation. Seldom has such a short sentence been so freighted with risk, opportunity…and a whole lot of hard work. Ramping up annual production by a factor of ten will be a major challenge, one… Read more »

Tesla Motors hires Audi manufacturing exec

Following the departure of two top manufacturing executives, Tesla Motors has hired Peter Hochholdinger, a 22-year veteran of Audi who oversaw the production of the company’s A4, A5 and Q5 models. Mr. Hochholdinger was also involved in bringing Audi’s new Mexican production facility online. Hochholdinger will be Tesla’s new VP of Vehicle Production, replacing Greg… Read more »

Tesla direct sales ban in Connecticut stands, thanks partly to GM lobbying

Tesla’s ongoing crusade to be allowed to sell its vehicles directly to consumers recently suffered a setback in Connecticut, where a pro-Tesla bill failed for the second consecutive year. Tesla has a service facility in Milford, but consumers must purchase the cars in a neighboring state such as New York or Massachusetts. “I think the… Read more »

Tesla says it moves too fast for suppliers used to traditional auto development cycles

Over the past couple of decades, major automakers have built an ecosystem in which components of their cars are built by suppliers large and small around the world. This system has served them well, but it has several drawbacks that are becoming more apparent as cars become electric, autonomous and connected (Ian Wright eloquently described… Read more »

Tesla bulking up on workers and real estate as production gets ready to rocket

The Model 3 launch, which Tesla calls “the biggest consumer product launch ever,” is to be followed by what must be the biggest and fastest production ramp-up ever (those of little faith might prefer such adjectives as “quixotic” or “impossible”), Tangible evidence of this massive mobilization is beginning to appear. Tesla recently leased a million… Read more »

Tesla first quarter earnings overshadowed by questions about production ramp-up

Tesla’s earnings report for the first quarter of 2016 revealed that the company fell just short of its projected deliveries, and that revenue and loss figures came in fairly close to analysts’ forecasts. The company reached a new quarterly production record of 15,510 vehicles, up 10% from Q4 2015. It shipped 14,820 units, fewer than… Read more »