Tesla says it will start building cars around the clock in order to ramp up Model 3 output to 6,000 a week.
An internal company email says the company will boost production to a 24/7 operation by the end of June.
“As part of the drive toward 6k, all Model 3 production at Fremont will move to 24/7 operations. This means that we will be adding another shift to general assembly, body and paint,” Chief Executive Elon Musk wrote. The email was obtained by the website Electrek.
Tesla will also be adding about 400 people per week for several weeks, Musk wrote. The company had previously said it was targeting 5,000 a week by around the end of the second quarter.
Musk, who has said his automaker will be profitable and cash-flow positive in the third and fourth quarters also outlined cost-saving measures in his email.
“I have asked the Tesla finance team to comb through every expense worldwide, no matter how small, and cut everything that doesn’t have a strong value justification,” he wrote.
“All capital or other expenditures above a million dollars, or where a set of related expenses may accumulate to a million dollars over the next 12 months, should be considered on hold until explicitly approved by me.”
“The reason that the burst-build target rate is 6,000 and not 5,000 per week in June is that we cannot have a number with no margin for error across thousands of internally and externally produced parts and processes,” Musk said. He noted the carmaker produced 2,250 of the mission-critical sedans last week.
Musk said that going forward, workers should walk out of meetings or drop off of a call “as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value” and avoid using “acronyms or nonsense words for objects, software or processes at Tesla” to boost their productivity.
“We are burning the midnight oil to burn the midnight oil,” he added.