Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has admitted robots are slowing down production of his company's electric vehicles and blamed “excessive automation” for the backlog in production of Tesla electric cars.
Noting that human beings can in some situations do a better job, the 46-year old billionaire acknowledged his company has been too dependant on robots for production. “Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated,” Musk said in reply to Wall Street Journal’s Tim Higgins's tweet.
Terming it “manufacturing hell”, Tesla’s boss told the US broadcaster CBS earlier, 'Yes, they did ... we had this crazy, complex network of conveyor belts ... and it was not working, so we got rid of that whole thing... ... We put too much new technology into the Model 3 all at once. This should have been staged."
Tesla's supremo has come under strong criticism for the delays facing his Model 3 sedan. Industry analysts predict the company will fall short of its 5,000-a-week in three months’ time. According to CNBC, Musk has now taken direct control of the division producing the vehicles, pushing aside former Apple’s top exec Doug Field.
Musk had previously indicated that his company would be making 20,000 Model 3s per month by December 2017, but the company then downgraded those expectations and will unsurprisingly lag behind its weekly production target of 2,500 Model 3 vehicles in Q1 of 2018 disappointing investors.
Earlier on Monday, Jalopnik reported that Tesla was making 2,000 Model 3s per week as of the end of the first quarter. The uncertainty has resulted in a volatile stock sending the company's shares sliding to $252 from $340 a month ago.
Meanwhile Buzzfeed reports that Tesla is temporarily stopping Model 3 production and the pause could last nearly four days.