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Tesla lowers delivery forecast for the Model X


Recovering Member
Apr 3, 2011
Northern Virginia
That's not a reduce delivery forecast for the X; it's a possible reduced forecast for all cars. There was no mix given (in the letter anyway) of which cars might be in the possible shortfall.

But IF there are any issues Tesla will prioritize Model S, makes financial/business sense:
While our equipment installation and final testing of Model X is going well, there are many dependencies that could influence our Q4 production and deliveries. We are still testing the ability of many suppliers to deliver high quality production parts in quantities sufficient to meet our planned production ramp. Since production ramps rapidly late in Q4, a one-week push out of this ramp due to an issue at even a single supplier could reduce Model X production by approximately 800 units for the quarter. Furthermore, since Model S and Model X are produced on the same general assembly line, Model X production challenges could slow Model S production. Simply put, in a choice between a great product or hitting quarterly numbers, we will take the former. To build longterm value, our first priority always has been, and still is, to deliver great cars.
The most important line was "Looking ahead to next year, we are highly confident of a steady state of production and demand of 1,600-1,800 vehicles per week combined for Model S and Model X."

If Tesla can even meet 800 per week in Q4, and half of those are Model X cars, then Tesla could deliver 4,800 Model X units before the end of the current year (plus whatever token amount is produced in Q3).
Elon just said they're planning of having a factory capacity of up to 1000 Models S and X for 2000 total (next year). He said actual production numbers will fluctuate and depend on many factors.

As you noted, he said that capacity does NOT equal production, and that while full capacity can be reached from time to time, repairs and part shortages can result in significant drops in production, hence the 2016 projections of 1,600-1,800 average per week.

Tesla is already producing more cars than that.

Last I checked, the factory output was zero last week ;-)

The shareholder letter indicates a ramp-up to 800 Xs per week in late Q4.

Still seems like wishful thinking to me, but I obviously hope I'm wrong. And "late Q4" could mean December 20th!

Uncle Paul

Well-Known Member
Nov 1, 2013
Canyon Lake,CA
Biggest issue Elon seemed to be concerned about was the number of high quality parts their suppliers could provide to the plant. If even one part is in short supply it can slow down production of the entire line.

I would imagine that production of the X would start off slow, and then ramp up as they can get their act together. Will be super quality conscious of the beginning production as those will be going to some of their best customers. As workers get experience on building the new model, they will become more efficient on getting them out the door to the thousands of pre-orders.


Trifecta: Solar and both cars are EVs
Mar 26, 2012
Scottsdale, AZ
Biggest issue Elon seemed to be concerned about was the number of high quality parts their suppliers could provide to the plant. If even one part is in short supply it can slow down production of the entire line.
I am sure he much more worried about supplier quality since the SpaceX accident...

In the earnings call he mentioned the second row seats and how hard they are to manufacture. I believe they made room in the factory for the company making the seats in the early Model S days. I don't know if they stayed there and if it is the same company making the new second row seats. I guess also this means they will be individual seats (as expected). He didn't mention a bench.

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