Tesla’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, has recently admitted that he made a mistake, saying he “underestimated humans” on Twitter last week. At issue: automation of assembly lines at Tesla, and delays in delivery.
In an effort to set up a highly automated production line for his new Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle, Elon Musk contributed to the difficulties of putting the first models into production. “Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. humans are underrated”.
The Model 3 is the first mass-produced Tesla electric car, notes CBS News. Its price — more affordable — starting $ 35,000, prompted many people to pre-order the model, the company having assured that it would be able to produce 5,000 new cars each week.
The problem though is that the robots are not keeping up the pace, and Tesla only comes out with about 2,000 models a week. These delays in delivery are causing frustration among customers.
Part of the reason for the delay in production is that the technology deployed at the Fremont, California Plant is struggling to adapt, says Musk: “We put too many new technologies in the Model 3 at the same time” he said, adding that “instead of accelerating the production of model 3, the robots have slowed it down.”
Elon Musk had ordered the company to suspend the production of the Model 3 for the second time in recent weeks. A temporary shutdown that will allow Tesla “to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks to increase production rates,” according to USA Today.
“It’s not unusual, it’s very common in production chains like this.” what is not common though is Elon Musk’s hands-on involvement in the factories. It’s reported that Musk even slept directly at the factory to supervise the work.