Elon Musk said he’s been pulling all-nighters recently, sleeping on a couch, and sometimes the floor, in an office at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. He has good reason.
Since January 2018, the electric car manufacturer has faced news of another fatal crash involving one of its semi-autonomous vehicles, was hit with a downgrade of its credit status on Wall Street, and voluntarily recalled 123,000 Model S cars.
“I’m definitely under stress, so if I seem like I’m not under stress then I’m gonna be clear, I’m definitely under stress,” Musk told CBS’ Gayle King in an interview that took place in the Tesla factory.
It’s not the first time Musk has been vocal about Tesla’s production setbacks. In 2016, he said the company was going through a “production hell” after delays pushed back deliveries of its Model X. Musk used the same term to describe how the company is currently struggling to meet production goals for its Model 3, Tesla’s first mid-priced electric car.
“You started saying, ‘We’ll do 2,500 a week.’ And now it’s a little over 2,000 a week. Does that trouble you?” King asked Musk, who replied, “Yeah. No, that’s true….I need to figure out how to be better….And then we can be better at meeting goals.”
One reason Tesla is lagging behind? Too many robots.
“In some cases, the robots actually slowed the production, right?” King asked.
“Yes, they did,” Musk replied. “We had this crazy, complex network of conveyor belts….And it was not working,…
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