Tesla managed to produce 5,000 Model 3 electric cars with its last car rolling down the assembly line on Sunday morning, just a few hours after Elon Musk’s midnight goal, according to Reuters.
The car in question went through final checks at the California factory at around 5 a.m PDT (12:00 GMT).
For next month, Tesla expects to produce 6,000 of them a week.
The Model 3 is extremely important for Tesla’s future, not only because, as Elon Musk said, it will help the company get out of the red, but also because he intends on the Model 3 to be the first widely-adopted all-electric car.
Most of the Tesla Model 3 process seems to have been played by ear, judging by all the news that came out about it, and has been plagued by problems ever since its production started, last July – delays have compromised the market position, there have been battery issues as well as assembly line related ones which sprouted from the company’s over-reliance on automation.
Eventually, Musk built an entirely new assembly line in a gargantuan tent right outside the factory, where the Model 3’s finally came to life without, supposedly, any more issues.
The aforementioned assembly line problem alone has costed the company roughly around $90 million and when it kept failing, parts of that system were ultimately used to create the assembly line in the outdoor tent.
Until now, Tesla has managed to miss its initial goal of 5,000 vehicles per week at the end of 2017 as well as its first quarter goal of 2,500 vehicles a week, so the final push and eventual success with the Model 3 comes as a relief for the company.
If it will manage to continue in the same rhythm (or even improve it), now that it has reached its quarter production goal, remains to be seen.