Friday, 19 October, 2018

Tesla to Combat Distribution Problems With Its Own Car Carriers

Elon Musk exudes self-confidence Elon Musk exudes self-confidence
Jodi Jackson | 28 September, 2018, 11:11

Aside from building delivery hardware, Tesla has also invited existing owners to help educate new recipients as they come to pick up the Model 3 from the factory.

In his email to Tesla customers, Pomp wrote "I am helping hand deliver your Tesla Model 3 in the LA Metro area".

The solution, as any logical person knows, is to start making your own auto carriers. When asked about the board's discussions regarding reported investigations from the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice and investor lawsuits related to Elon's comments in August about taking the company private, Kimbal said he was unable to share the content of the board's discussions, but said "we're doing all the right things", in response to the reported investigations.

According to Bloomberg's Tesla Tracker, which tracks Model 3 output by analyzing vehicle registration data, government resources and speaking directly with Tesla customers, Tesla is building on average 3,104 Model 3's per week, well short of its goal of over 5,000 to 6,000 vehicles each week. This comes after the intense pressure being placed on Musk to prove that the company can deliver its promises.

Describing the situation as "delivery logistics hell", Tesla chief Elon Musk posted a Twitter update claiming the automaker is dealing with an "extreme shortage" of vehicle carrier trailers. Some stores have more Model 3s on their lot than they can accommodate as the cars wait for their new owners to arrive.

Earlier this month, Elon said Tesla's most pressing issues had moved from producing vehicles to delivering them, though he said delivery issues were easier to fix and would be solved soon.

Tesla owners can grant "free Supercharging for life" to a friend who buys a Model S, X or 3.

In July, Tesla said net Model 3 reservations at the end of the second quarter were roughly 420 000.

In any case, this means Tesla is indeed in delivery-logistics-hell.

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