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    Tesla Model 3 Production Has Some 'Bottlenecks'

      Only has delivered on 220 Model 3s


    Earlier this week, Tesla announced its quarterly production figures and the Model 3 is getting off to a slower start than expected.

     

    In a statement, Tesla said that it had delivered a total of 26,150 vehicles in the third quarter. Here is how it breaks down,

    • Model S: 14,065 Units
    • Model X: 11,865 Units
    • Model 3: 220 Units

    Only 260 Model 3s were built in the third quarter. Tesla said the reason for the small production of Model 3s was due to "production bottlenecks." The company didn't go into detail as what the bottleneck is. This isn't a good start as Tesla promised to build 5,000 Model 3s by the end of the year.

    "It is important to emphasize that there are no fundamental issues with the Model 3 production or supply chain. We understand what needs to be fixed and we are confident of addressing the manufacturing bottleneck issues in the near-term," said Tesla.

     

    Source: Tesla
    Press Release is on Page 2


    Tesla Q3 2017 Vehicle Deliveries and Production

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In Q3, Tesla delivered 26,150 vehicles, of which 14,065 were Model S, 11,865 were Model X, and 220 were Model 3. This was our all-time best quarter for Model S and X deliveries, representing a 4.5% increase over Q3 2016, our previous best quarter, and a 17.7% increase over Q2 2017.

    We had previously indicated that second half Model S and X deliveries would likely exceed first half deliveries of 47,077, but we now expect to exceed that by several thousand vehicles. In total, we expect to deliver about 100,000 Model S and X vehicles in 2017, which would be a 31% increase over 2016.

    In addition to Q3 deliveries, about 4,820 Model S and X vehicles were in transit to customers at the end of the quarter. These will be counted as deliveries in Q4 2017.

    Q3 production totaled 25,336 vehicles, with 260 of them being Model 3. Model 3 production was less than anticipated due to production bottlenecks. Although the vast majority of manufacturing subsystems at both our California car plant and our Nevada Gigafactory are able to operate at high rate, a handful have taken longer to activate than expected.

    It is important to emphasize that there are no fundamental issues with the Model 3 production or supply chain. We understand what needs to be fixed and we are confident of addressing the manufacturing bottleneck issues in the near-term.

    Our delivery count should be viewed as slightly conservative, as we only count a car as delivered if it is transferred to the customer and all paperwork is correct. Final numbers could vary by up to 0.5%. Tesla vehicle deliveries represent only one measure of the company's financial performance and should not be relied on as an indicator of quarterly financial results, which depend on a variety of factors, including the cost of sales, foreign exchange movements and mix of directly leased vehicles.

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    39 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    Good car no radio?  LOL Rube

    In 2017...hell...in 2012...hell...in 2010...hell...in 2001

    Do you really need a radio...FM radio...

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    But then again...you prolly think Jobs was a shyster too...

    But seriously...

    Why in 2017...we think that a DELAY in a FM radio downloaded program is a negative?

    Like I wanna know why?

    I mean...who the phoque in 2017 still listens to FM radio?

    I get it that you are an old fossil

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    and asking you to use the clouds or the Onedrive thingy is an anathema for you...but you dont own at least a music player or USB key?

    I even own a  USB key!!!

    I aint a spring chicken myself either!

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    I don't understand how people continually forget the timeless truth  : Everybody is Different". In other words, not everyone else does/likes everything a given person does. It's like if I said 'who still goes to fast food places / why are they still around?' merely because I personally haven't been in one in like 5 years.

    If "no one" listened to FM, there wouldn't be any FM.

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    I mostly listen to a few SiriusXM stations or my USB stick w 10k tracks.  I also have AM/FM, CD and phone as options.  But since I work from home, I'm driving very little currently.  But I do like having a lot of choices. 

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    30 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    I don't understand how people continually forget the timeless truth  : Everybody is Different". In other words, not everyone else does/likes everything a given person does. It's like if I said 'who still goes to fast food places / why are they still around?' merely because I personally haven't been in one in like 5 years.

    If "no one" listened to FM, there wouldn't be any FM.

    True..

    But...

    1. I never said "nobody listens to"....

    I merely asked a question....

    Who the phoque listens to FM radio in 2017? Pinpointing to the fact that this device has evolved

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    Which I owned BTW...and to boot...

    In 1986...my dad bought 1986  Chevrolet Celebrity with AM radio only...no cassette deck...

    In 1986...FM radio/cassette was still an option...

    Think about that for awhile...

    In the late 1960s...FM radio became a thing with the youth...STEREO was THE advantage...

    This was in 1986 and FM radio was still an option in cars...

    Joplin, Hendrix had come and gone...Presley died...

    Kiss was no longer that popular in 1986...

    1986...Top Gun was THE blockbuster movie...But Michael Jackson's Thriller was sooooooo old news...

    Hell...even the Walkman was old news...

    And sooooo much groundbreaking FM music had passed us by from the late 60's to the mid '80s yet in the Celebrity for 1986...FM radio was an option...and that Walkman...only carried about 10 songs...

    iCloud and USB sticks and better Walkmans but just as passé technology in MP3 players exist today in that I dont think that we should be complaining...

    What we SHOULD be complaining about is the fact that that center screen is the ONLY thing that controls the Model 3's stuff...and THAT is a tragedy and travesty!

     

     

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    12 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    True..

    But...

    1. I never said "nobody listens to"....

    I merely asked a question....

    Who the phoque listens to FM radio in 2017? Pinpointing to the fact that this device has evolved

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    Which I owned BTW...and to boot...

    In 1986...my dad bought 1986  Chevrolet Celebrity with AM radio only...no cassette deck...

    In 1986...FM radio/cassette was still an option...

    Think about that for awhile...

    In the late 1960s...FM radio became a thing with the youth...STEREO was THE advantage...

    This was in 1986 and FM radio was still an option in cars...

    Joplin, Hendrix had come and gone...Presley died...

    Kiss was no longer that popular in 1986...

    1986...Top Gun was THE blockbuster movie...But Michael Jackson's Thriller was sooooooo old news...

    Hell...even the Walkman was old news...

    And sooooo much groundbreaking FM music had passed us by from the late 60's to the mid '80s yet in the Celebrity for 1986...FM radio was an option...and that Walkman...only carried about 10 songs...

    iCloud and USB sticks and better Walkmans but just as passé technology in MP3 players exist today in that I dont think that we should be complaining...

    What we SHOULD be complaining about is the fact that that center screen is the ONLY thing that controls the Model 3's stuff...and THAT is a tragedy and travesty!

     

     

    So many words... so little sense... my my

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    5 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    88.7 wxpn BAYBEE!

    Well...we got CHOM 97.7 FM in Montreal...ROCK-N-ROLL

    But...

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    I got a little gizmo like that...that has about 400 songs on it...

    From disco, to 90s dance, to 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s all kinds of rock and soul and surfin' and doo wop and punk and hair metal and bubble gum and psychedelic and British Invasion and and rock-a-billy, to Greek, to French to love songs to all kinds of music really!!!

    Downloaded from apps from Youtube or straight from my own CDs...

    I dont use Onedrive or iCloud or streaming stuff...but I know it exists...

    Artists themselves dont do the record company/FM radio station no more!!!

    So I ask again...who the phoque uses FM radio in 2017?

     

     

     

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    Having a touch screen control basic functions is risky, esp if the electronics fail or the screen gets cracked/shattered.  While it won't get cracked from dropping like a phone screen, I can think of some scenarios--say that an on-screen function freezes (like the nav) and the driver repeatedly punches the screen until it cracks (I could see myself doing this)  or the driver smashes a passenger's head repeatedly into the screen until it cracks...

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    3 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    So many words... so little sense... my my

    That my friend just proves to me you aint that much of a musicophile...

    You could wax poetic all you want about your 88.7 wxpn...but it means nothing to me as if you really enjoyed music...you would have other avenues to explore music...it aint the 1970s or 1980s anymore to have bumper sticker radio station call numbers on your car!!!

    Its a by-gone era, dude!

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    7 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    Real folks do.  The ones who keep this great country operating.  Breadwinners.  Hard workers.  Americans.  However, pantywaists may not.  Not sure.  I'm not into them.

    Get within the times, dude.

    From 1964...

     

    Its 2017...

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    53 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    I never said "nobody listens to"....
    I merely asked a question....
    Who the phoque listens to FM radio in 2017?

    My assumption was this was rhetorical. You know the medium exists, you know it lives via advertising dollars & ratings, therefore you know the answer is 'all sorts of people all over the country'. There's no other answer and frankly the question seems rather nonsensical. Just as asking 'who the phoque uses a USB stick to listen to music?' would be. 'People all over' is the answer to both.

    in a industry piece from Nielson dated 09.01.2017 : 18-24 yr olds spend an average of 10.25 hrs/week listening to AM-FM.

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    Going back to Tesla, interesting how the company prefers quarterly numbers in contrast with everyone else.

    Anyone know how the Model S & X saw huge jumps last month? If the demand was there, sales should have been excalating steadily prior to. Does Tesla offer incentive deals?

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    39 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    My assumption was this was rhetorical. You know the medium exists, you know it lives via advertising dollars & ratings, therefore you know the answer is 'all sorts of people all over the country'. There's no other answer and frankly the question seems rather nonsensical. Just as asking 'who the phoque uses a USB stick to listen to music?' would be. 'People all over' is the answer to both.

    in a industry piece from Nielson dated 09.01.2017 : 18-24 yr olds spend an average of 10.25 hrs/week listening to AM-FM.

    Yes! But there are other avenues to get/listen to music...in 2017...and one buying such a downloadable vehicle because people in 2017 are comfy with internet related stuff and KNOW that Teslas are highly internet friendly vehicles and wouldnt feel constricted if in the beginning FM radio was not available to them...and in 2017...FM is not the 'end all, be all' of new music releases...or the go-to medium to listen to your fave diva pop star...as it was say in...1987..or in 1977...or in 1967...

    But even if this happened in say 2007...not really that big a deal either...

    Its a hella weird and kinda stupid...that FM aint gonna be available for the short term...because Teslas are sooooo incredibly internet friendly...but not so much of an apocalyptic event for an owner or potential onner of a Model 3 that @ocnblu or anybody else wants to make it sound like it would be...

    So...I repeat...who in the phoque in 2017 still really listens to FM radio?

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    Your question was answered multiple times (even tho it didn't need answering at all).

    "Hella weird and stupid" I could agree with. "Not an apocalyptic event" I would agree with also... but as you implied; shouldn't such an 'internet friendly' company have gotten this small factor right, out the door?

    Tesla is still learning how to be an auto manufacturer... and they have a long way to go.

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    1 minute ago, balthazar said:

    1. shouldn't such an 'internet friendly' company have gotten this small factor right, out the door?

    2. Tesla is still learning how to be an auto manufacturer... and they have a long way to go.

    1. Yes! I would even say "Damn phoquing right they should have!"

    2. And I could agree with this! I would even say "Damn phoquing right they have a loooong way to go!"

    3 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    Your question was answered multiple times (even tho it didn't need answering at all).

    Well...maybe it was answered...maybe it was not...

    If you and @ocnblu could admit that FM radio is not as a relevant music medium that it once was...even falling LOWER on the relevant scale than it did when MTV was introduced in the 1980s (obviously MTV is nothing now and FM radio bounced back by the 1990s when MTV decided to give us Bling That Car with that rapper or whatever it was called and Jersey Shore)...then and only then will my question will have been answered....:D

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    44 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    No; it was answered.

    I dont see you admitting that FM radio is not that relevant...so..no.

    Maybe you dont believe what I said...but THAT dont mean it aint true what it is that Im saying...so...

     

    https://hbr.org/2016/12/how-streaming-is-changing-music-again

     

    There is all kinds of info there....and if one realizes what that means...

     

    http://www.ifpi.org/news/IFPI-GLOBAL-MUSIC-REPORT-2017

     

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    IFPI Global Music Report 2017

    25th April 2017

    Global Recorded Music Revenues Increase by 5.9%

    • 112 million users of paid streaming subscriptions driving streaming revenue growth of 60.4%

    • Digital income now accounts for 50% of global revenues

    • ‘Value Gap’ remains biggest challenge to sustainable growth

    • Read the ‘State of the Industry’ report here (English language)

    The global recorded music market grew by 5.9% in 2016, the highest rate since IFPI began tracking the market in 1997, according to the IFPI Global Music Report 2017, released today. Total revenues for 2016 were US$15.7 billion.

    At the end of 2016 there were 112 million users of paid music streaming subscriptions driving year-on-year streaming revenue growth of 60.4%. Digital income last year accounted for half the global recorded music industry’s annual revenue for the first time. Growth in streaming more than offset a 20.5% decline in downloads and a 7.6% decline in physical revenue.

    Streaming is helping drive growth in developing music markets, with China (+20.3%), India (+26.2%) and Mexico (+23.6%) seeing strong revenue growth.

    Record companies have fuelled this revenue growth through ongoing investment, not only in artists, but also in the systems supporting digital platforms, which has allowed for the licensing of over 40 million tracks across hundreds of services.

    The industry is now working towards a return to sustainable growth following a 15-year period during which revenues dropped by nearly 40%. Success requires resolution of the market distortion known as the ‘value gap’ – the growing mismatch between the value that user upload services, such as YouTube, extract from music and the revenue returned to those who create and invest in music.


     

     

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    f@#king Christ people. Are we spending 2/3rds of a page talking about whether people listen to the radio anymore? It’s a “DUH” kind of answer because obviously people still do just by the mere continued existence of the format. 

     

    I swear, just reading the same damn thing about something that was answered time after time, makes my head hurt at the absurdity of it all.

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    No...it was NOT answered...

    The  MAIN point that I want to say is that the  Model 3 NOT having FM radio is NOT a big deal BECAUSE FM RADIO  is NOT a go-to medium for music anymore...PEOPLE ARE TECH SAVVY IN 2017 THAT OWN AND USE OTHER INTERNET RELATED MUSIC MEDIUMS THAT FM RADIO TENDS TO BE SECONDARY!!!  SURE ITS STILL USED!!!

    BUT...NONE OF YOU WANT TO ADMIT THAT AND ALL OF YOU ARE STUCK WITH THE SEMANTICS ONE BLOODY QUESTION!!!!

    YOU THINK THAT IS FRUSTRATING???

    TRY DISCUSSING SHYTE WITH SOME OF YOU WITHOUT THE BIASED BLINDERS ON AND WITHOUT THE STUPID SEMANTIC IDIOCIES!!!

     

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    11 hours ago, balthazar said:

    Going back to Tesla, interesting how the company prefers quarterly numbers in contrast with everyone else.

    Anyone know how the Model S & X saw huge jumps last month? If the demand was there, sales should have been excalating steadily prior to. Does Tesla offer incentive deals?

    I don't know what kind of jump you speak of but with all of the flooding in the past month some of that could effect that. Which is likely another reason the D3 did well last month as well. 

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      Right now, you are probably thinking: “Anthony, you are forgetting the king of electric vehicles. They are synonymous with electric cars and have a huge cult following.” Guess who that is? Yes, that is of course Tesla. You can’t write about electric cars without talking about Tesla. They are a very S 3 X Y R brand indeed. The Model S introduced expensive but seriously quick electric vehicles. The X brought us an odd but much-needed crossover. The 3 is the bread-and-butter maker with a starting price around $40,000, and acceleration that beats almost all vehicles in its class. The Y hasn’t come out yet but is a crossover version of the 3, and the Roadster is a $250,000 supercar. Even though there are three models currently available, I will focus on the Model 3 Performance since that is the one I am most interested in.
      There is a lot to like about the Model 3 Performance. It has “performance” in its name and with 450 HP, it is one of the quickest sedans I’ve ever driven. The instant torque from the motors is intoxicating and it handles well for a heavy vehicle. Does it tick all the boxes to convert to a Tesla-fanatic? No. Why? The interior. I am not a fan of controlling absolutely everything with a touchscreen and not having my speedometer in front of me.
      The Model 3 Performance can have semi-autonomous driving, but it is a $7,000 option. Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assist system is standard and is regarded to be one of the best, if not the best driver-assist system. Tesla has sold over 250,000 Model 3 vehicles and it is a genuinely amazing feat for a young company. The range is good at over 310 miles. Pricing starts at $55,000 and is fully-loaded around $64,000. If you are okay with the minimal interior and styling, get yourself a Model 3. I personally am not a fan of either of those, so onward we go.
      This brings me to a car I am waiting for: The Polestar 2 fastback. Polestar used to be a sub-division of Volvo, like AMG is to Mercedes-Benz. You can still get Polestar-tune Volvos, but Polestar has branched out into their own brand. The Polestar 2 is their first all-electric car. It has over 250 miles of range, 400 HP, and most import to me, gauges that are straight in front of the driver. The design is bold yet looks like an even more modern version of a Volvo. Since Polestar is a sporty company, the performance upgrades include upgraded shocks, brakes, and bigger wheels with Swedish gold seat belts. You get this package mainly for the gold seat belts. Is it pricey at over $60,000? Yes, but it feels justified for the 408 hp and range of 275 miles. 0-60 is said to be around 4.7 seconds but I suspect it will be lower. Will they sell Tesla Model 3 numbers of them? I highly doubt it since they area new brand, but it should be a great competitor to the Tesla Model 3.
      I like the concept of electric vehicles. I know that one day, there will be one charging at my house. Am I ready for an electric car? Yes. Is there any on the market that jumps out at me and gives me the satisfaction I have for my current car at a reasonable price of around $40,000 new? No.
      Do not get me wrong; there are electric cars that make sense for a multitude of situations. Range and charging are getting better, more features are getting added, and manufacturers are creating electric-only ranges of vehicles that will bring down the costs of more performance-oriented vehicles. I can go in-depth about certain electric cars in a future article. For now, I think I will keep my car and wait until something really catches my eye. That, or wait a few years and hope the Porsche Taycan depreciates enough that I can buy one.
       
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