Proving sceptics wrong, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted this week a picture of the first Model 3 Performance Dual Motor on his Fremont, California factory assembly line, a whole month before the car's expected July arrival date. The release also comes a mere one month after Tesla opened orders for the vehicle.
In the post, Musk expressed love for his staff and praised them for "amazing work." The CEO also added that his team built a new assembly line in just three weeks with limited resources.
Amazing work by Tesla team. Built entire new general assembly line in 3 weeks w minimal resources. Love u guys so much! Pic of 1st Model 3 dual motor performance coming off the line … pic.twitter.com/Xr55P3fmGd— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 16, 2018
The newly unveiled Performance model begins at $78,000 and according to previous tweets by Musk the electric car can "beat anything in its class on the track." The CEO has compared the vehicle's cost to that of the BMW M3 adding that his version has higher speeds and better handling.
Cost of all options, wheels, paint, etc is included (apart from Autopilot). Cost is $78k. About same as BMW M3, but 15% quicker & with better handling. Will beat anything in its class on the track.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2018
The CEO has also boasted of impressive performance figures, including a 310-mile range. Perhaps the car's best asset, however, is its dual motor that ensures it will function well even if a motor is damaged.
Tesla dual motor means there is a motor in front & a motor in rear. One is optimized for power & one for range. Car drives fine even if a motor breaks down. Helps ensure you make it to your destination & don’t get stuck on side of road in potentially unsafe conditions.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 20, 2018
Musk's followers seemed excited by the recent news, reveling in the car's aesthetics, many advanced features and reasonable price. Posters called the car 'gorgeous' and 'sleek' and expressed awe at the timing of the delivery.
The package as a whole is amazing & yes i think it is jaw dropping considering the sticker price. It is very subjective :) whenever i see a tesla it makes me smile because they have just the right slick lines in the right places that makes evs not look like a leaf or i3 odd ball.— adnan(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (@werzadnan) June 17, 2018
Wow great time— Frances Schell (@francesschell) June 16, 2018
The recent news has also made some headlines due to the factory's innovative and slightly controversial 'tent' style construction. Musk took to Twitter to explain that the new design came about due to time constraints.
Needed another general assembly line to reach 5k/week Model 3 production. A new building was impossible, so we built a giant tent in 2 weeks. Tesla team kfa!! Gah, love them so much ♥️??— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 19 June 2018
The CEO praised his team for their ingenuity in creating the new structure and assembly line by "using scrap we had in warehouses." Musk said the new version is "way better than the other GA line that cost hundreds of millions" and that it may very well be here to stay.
Not sure we actually need a building. This tent is pretty sweet. Tesla Grohmann line is in place at Giga & spooling up now. They super kicked ass too. Heiliger Strohsack!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 19 June 2018
Meanwhile, these latest tweets may be confirmation that Musk has succeeded in his goal to start producing 5,000 vehicles per week. Previous Twitter posts by the entrepreneur had indicated that manufacturing of the Model 3 Performance version would only begin if that pace had been achieved.
In a 2018 Annual Shareholder Meeting, documents had revealed Tesla had only reached a production pace of 3,500 Model 3s per week. However, a leaked recent email by Musk, said the company was now targeting 4,900 vehicles per week while Musk's latest tent tweet referenced the 5,000 a week goal.
More details should be unveiled soon but at least for now Musk has successfully temporarily silenced his critics. After months of snide remark regarding the CEO's failure to deliver on time, his delivery targets are finally early.