This year I’ve watched with some interest the saga of Tesla, which is run by Elon Musk. He’s a genius with technology but seemingly less so with human relationships. Musk is known for making bold claims about technology and innovation, but Tesla has faced some struggles to meet production deadlines and more. This is from a few months back but the story and question are still relevant:
You can probably argue over whether itâ€™s a good or a bad sign, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter today aÂ reportÂ in The Information that he has taken over direct control of the division thatâ€™s producing Teslaâ€™s Model 3 electric sedan after the company failed to meet the delivery goals it set.
Specifically,Â TeslaÂ had intended to produce 500 Model 3 cars per day, or 2,500 per week, by the end of last month. But according to a company-wide email to employees that was sent today andÂ obtained by Jalopnik, Musk said Tesla has been making closer toÂ 2,000Â of the cars per week. (Musk estimatedÂ last July that Tesla would be making 20,000 of the cars per month by December.)
In his email â€” fired off at 3 a.m. PDTÂ â€”Â Musk added that if â€œthings go as planned today, we will comfortably exceed that number over a seven day period!â€
Musk may have been referring in part to the reorganization. But while The Information reported that Musk had seemingly â€œpushed aside the companyâ€™s senior vice president of engineering, Doug Field, who had been overseeing manufacturing in recent months,â€ Musk quickly took issue with that characterization of events.