Tesla Making 300,000 Cars By the End of September, Despite Chip Shortage
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Tesla always manages to stand out amidst its rival automakers. A Tesla’s interior is vastly minimalist compared to even luxury cars, with every control grouped onto a single massive touchscreen.
Electric vehicles (EVs) like the beloved Model 3 and Model S aren’t just efficient: they’re also fast enough to compete with sports cars.
Tesla is also seemingly unaffected by the microchip shortage that has been ravaging the automotive industry. In fact, Reuters said Tesla’s Shanghai factory will likely produce 300,000 new vehicles by the end of the month.
It’s good news for Tesla, but what about its customers that are still waiting on their vehicles?
Tesla claims that they’re ramping up their production to have 300,000 cars by the end of September. Can we take the claim at face value?
Tesla saw success in Shanghai
Tesla claims to already have shipped out 240,000 vehicles through July. The final 60,000 is reportedly for customers who have opted for rush delivery. In addition to the U.S., many of these vehicles were built for export to areas like Japan and Germany.
An official near the factory said that Tesla could produce as many as 450,000 cars this year. However, any details about this scaled production are shrouded in mystery. All the sources interviewed wished to remain anonymous, and Tesla did not respond to questions.
This Shanghai factory produces the Model Y and Model 3, two of the automaker’s most popular cars.
The Model 3 has exceedingly high customer satisfaction scores from Consumer Reports and impresses critics as well. Dual-motor models can get 353 miles of range and hit the 60 mph mark in just over three seconds.
The Model Y is a family-friendly SUV with 76 cubic feet of cargo space. A third row is optional to seat up to seven passengers, though those backseats are definitely too cramped for most adults. Still, the Model Y has a high safety rating and enough technology on board to keep everyone entertained.
Has Tesla been experiencing delays?
With used car prices at an all-time high, it’s actually cheaper in some cases to purchase a new vehicle.
However, there’s a good chance that your order will be delayed, and even Tesla isn’t immune to this. According to CNBC, some customers wait weeks and even months to receive their cars.
One customer, Steve Salem, ordered a Model Y at the end of May, with a delivery window near the end of July. However, the delivery date continued to slip until it eventually showed an arrival time anywhere in September.
Salem said he has other driving arrangements for now, but too many delays could affect his financing and insurance rates.
This situation was worse for another customer, who has been spending hundreds of dollars on rental cars while waiting. Throughout this time, both customers reported that Tesla didn’t bother to reach out and explain the situation.
Even celebrities like David Crosby have been left in the dark about the status of their order. If the delays persist, many customers indicated that they would cancel their orders in favor of other electric vehicles.
When will I get my reserved Tesla?
Even though Tesla has consistently outdone other automakers in terms of production, delays are a fairly common occurrence. The microchip shortage is likely exacerbating the situation, especially for vehicles that rely so heavily on technology.
Although Tesla sales associates want to answer customers’ questions and concerns, they don’t have enough information from the company. Hopefully, some rush orders from Shanghai will be shuttled to buyers who have been patiently waiting.
Delays can be frustrating, but Tesla’s ramped-up production might mean there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. When you receive your Tesla, make sure to protect your investment with the appropriate car insurance coverage. Let the AI-powered Jerry app gather rates from up to 50 companies to find you the best price for the coverage you need.