According to a recent report, a Tesla supplier in China is set to increase its monthly shipments of Model 3 parts. On top of that, another leaked company email reveals that Tesla is poised to start hiring new workers in its Fremont and Gigafactory 3 facilities. Does this mean that Tesla is on the brink of increasing its Model 3 production?
More Components Needed
Asian news outlet Digitimes initially reported on the increased production of Model 3 components. Precision stamping service China FineBlanking Technology (CFTC) will be doubling its monthly delivery of relay parts for the Model 3, from the approximately 20,000 currently supplied to 40,000 units starting in August 2019. CFTC also accepted orders for other Model 3 components, which they expect to start shipping in October 2019.
Since Tesla plans to start manufacturing the Model 3 in its Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai by the end of 2019, it is only logical that those shipments would continue to increase in the future.
Tesla Model 3 Production to Increase
Tesla Automotive President Jerome Guillen emailed a memo to employees on Tuesday, cautious yet optimistic. Tesla is “making preparations” to increase the output of its Fremont factory, though the exact details are decidedly vague. Those increased parts orders make it readily apparent that at least part of the plan involves the Model 3.
Right now, Tesla is able to produce 7,000 Model 3 vehicles a week in Fremont and should be able to put out another 3,000 from its Gigafactory 3 once the factory is up and running.
The most surprising part of the email would probably be that the electric car manufacturer is hiring again. “As we continue to ramp up production, please tell your friends and neighbors that we have lots of exciting new positions open, both in Fremont and at Giga,” Guillen wrote, referring to the Tesla battery factory in Reno, Nevada.
Considering how Tesla has been pruning jobs in recent months and encouraging employees to become as efficient as possible, the news is a little unexpected. But a new hiring push could mean that Tesla has projects in the works that cannot be achieved by its existing workforce.
Guillen ended the memo with a lighthearted reminder to employees that internal emails are not to be leaked to the public. “Do not share company information through email, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Leave that to Elon!” he wrote. “Once that information is public, feel free [to] retweet your heart out, share on IG or FB.”
…You may want to keep working on that, Tesla.