I don’t think it’s possible to say for sure, but if I were to pick the best method, it would be to have a look at Tesla’s latest update on its progress in the assembly line.
In an update to its website, Tesla confirmed that it’s now “on track” to begin the assembly of its Model 3 sedan, which the company described as “the world’s most advanced production car.”
The Model 3 has been the subject of several media reports that have questioned the quality of its construction and quality control, with reports that the production line is plagued by problems, including overheating and cracks.
As The Verge has noted, a number of Tesla employees have publicly expressed frustration with the company’s assembly line, claiming that the factory is running on fumes, and that production times are “too long” and that workers aren’t paid enough.
Tesla also updated its website with the following message: “We are on track to begin Model 3 assembly in Q2 2018 and are continuing to build and test prototypes.
As we build more vehicles, we’ll continue to monitor and respond to any production issues.”
In the update, Tesla explained that the new production line, which it referred to as “Tesla Model 3 Assembly,” has “successfully completed the first stage of Model 3 mass production in its first phase of production.”
The update also said that production has “been moving at 100% capacity and our production teams have been running continuously at full capacity for more than a year now.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said last month that the Model 3 would begin production in March or April 2018, with production expected to begin around March 2019.
The new production lines could have a large impact on Tesla’s production and sales numbers, and could significantly impact Tesla’s ability to ramp up Model 3 deliveries, given that its Model S sedan is already on the market.
While Tesla has struggled to meet production goals and deliver on schedule in recent years, the company has shown no sign of slowing down.
A number of other automakers, including Ford, have announced plans to start production of their own electric cars this year, and General Motors has promised to ramp production of its electric-powered Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle in 2017.
If Tesla’s new Model 3 goes well, it could help Tesla achieve its goal of reaching 60,000 vehicles by 2020.
Tesla also has a number other production lines that it plans to ramp over the next few years, including its battery factory, its electric factory, and its production facility for Model S vehicles.