Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk on Friday pushed back the revealing of the company’s big rig truck until mid-November, tweeting that the automaker was diverting resources to repair production bottlenecks of its new Model 3 sedan and to assist Puerto Rico.
Musk stated Tesla’s Model 3 was “deep in production hell” echoing his own statements in July, when he displayed a few of the first cars of that model.
The Model 3 could assist Tesla approach its goal of becoming more of a mass market manufacturer. Latest comments have tempered expectations about the speed of the boost in production, however.
Musk’s remarks followed the close of stock trading on Friday. The company’s shares dropped 0.8 percent in extended trading.
The Palo Alto, California-based company delivered 220 Model 3 sedans and produced 260 in the third quarter, despite the plan to produce over 1,500.
Musk also tweeted the company was diverting resources to boosting battery production to assist hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, where most residents remain without electrical power.
Previously this week Tesla reported that “production bottlenecks” had left it behind the prepared ramp-up for the Model 3.
In reaction to a Tesla client asking if he would get his car provided this year, Musk tweeted, “December will be a huge month, so probably, but it is impossible to be certain right now.”
A Wall Street Journal report stated parts of Model 3 were being made by hand as recently as early September, contributing to production hold-ups.
Musk also informed Tesla would reschedule the unveiling of its semi-truck to November 16 as it concentrates on fixing production problems connected to Model 3 and increases battery production for Puerto Rico.
The revealing of the truck, called Tesla Semi, has been delayed once again this year. Musk had at first stated the truck would be revealed in September, however he later on rescheduled it to late October.