The Tesla Model 3 is Tesla Motor's biggest challenge yet. The automotive world and Tesla fans are watching Tesla closely. So far all seems to go as planned.
Tesla Motors Co-founder and CTO is much less in the public eye than Elon Musk. Today though he appeared at a conference about South Korea's Jeju Island’s initiative to be carbon-free by 2030.
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EV vehicles are a part of the carbon-free initiative on the small island with over 400,000 inhabitants. Straubel and Jeju Gov. Won Hee-ryong discussed the charging infrastructure for electric cars and the expansion of the EV market in general. During the discussion Straubel stated that the Tesla Model 3 launch is going as planned.
The Model 3 will launch in 2017 in the United States and in 2018 roll out globally. As of May Tesla Motors received 373,000 valid Model 3 orders. Tesla Motors has warned recently in a SEC filing that the company has no experience in mass production of cars. The company hired an Audi manager who does, to help with that.
Tesla Motors has hired Audi Manager Peter Hochholdinger as its new VP of Vehicle Production. Mr. Hochholdinger has the experience to mass produce cars. He managed the production of 400,000 cars annually.
The Tesla CTO said that the supply situation for Tesla has changed dramatically over the years. In the early years it was difficult to find partners. Now every automative supplier wants to work with Tesla.
Tesla Motors needs great suppliers to pull off the Model 3. They are also investing themselves in making mass market Tesla cars a reality with the Gigafactory, supplying the battery packs for the Tesla Motors cars. No other car maker has a battery factory of that scale.
The Model 3 is not finalized. There will be another unveiling closer to the production launch unveiling all exterior, interior and technical details.
Via South Korean ETNews.