Tesla is done surprising people with its mass market vehicles, and is moving on to the public transportation and commercial vehicles segments. In terms of offering more novel features on the Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X, or even Model Y, the automaker has played all its cards.
All the best tricks up its sleeve has been shown on the Model X, so much so that it was too encumbered and suffered a good number of release delays and consumer complaints.
As such the company is moving on to the next goal for its consumer vehicles, and that is volume. The rest of its resources would be dedicated to the second master plan of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
The volume that the top man has in mind is incredibly massive. Musk has said recently that due to the sheer costs of importing to certain markets, there are going to be Gigafactories in China, India, or Europe.
The current one that’s being built in Nevada is worth 500,000 vehicles per year, and as a fun fact it is as large 50 billion hamsters, according to a tweet by the superstar CEO. However, when he talks about the future, it sometimes means one that’s still pretty far away.
Gigafactory in units of hamster pic.twitter.com/9BAchcBX73
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2016
It would be tempting to think that the supply concerns of the Tesla Model 3 would be going away rather soon, but at this point the current Gigafactory is only 14 percent complete, and this is with Tesla going as hard at the project as it can.
So it’s best to consider that whatever Musk says are often ideals. Though they’re very achievable with him at the helm, the timeline is usually the biggest issue. Expect the additional Gigafactory to arrive perhaps in the next decade or two.
For now, Tesla would have to rely on the capacity increase in its Fremont plant to handle the early production of the Model 3, which currently has 373,000 orders to fulfill. Do you think that there would be more delays before the first Gigafactory is up and running?