Tesla are cash rich now and are far from the perilous days of Model 3 development. Other car manufacturers can only dream of the 20-25% margins Tesla are currently making.I'm quite new to the Tesla world, but could Teslas financial situation be part of the reason it seems they are less strict on the end of Q deliveries than before?
As I understand it, they have previously been close to bankruptcy and are making more money now, so they can afford to have at least some cars delivered after Q end? It would put a more even load on delivery teams, so should save some overtime and maybe keep some employees busy that would otherwise have little to do first month of each Q.
I don't think there has been a deliberate policy decision to ship over the quarter-end but I suspect the Chinese domestic market has been swamped. Why else would Tesla be offering incentives within China to take delivery by 30 Sep? Switching production early and parking the cars in compounds is no different to having the cars onboard a ship - they are both unsold finished product and will distort the balance sheet from previous quarters. Of course if Tesla achieve record deliveries in Q3 in excess of market expectations nobody will notice the much larger inventory figure and because of the increased production rate the inventory when measured against daily production will probably be proportionally the same as the previous quarter.