During a conference call with analysts following the disclosure of Tesla’s third quarter financial results, CEO Elon Musk clearly laid out his priorities at Tesla and on what projects he spends most of his time on at the company right now.
Here are Musk’s top 3 priorities at Tesla at the moment:
- Bringing the Model 3 to production on schedule and at right cost
- Advancing Enhanced Autopilot and Self-Driving software
- Ramp up 100 kWh battery pack production
While the first two are not surprising, Musk has been talking about those quite frequently, the last one might come as a surprise to some of you.
The CEO even said that he was going on the 100 kWh battery pack production line right after the call to help with scaling up. He also said that he is monitoring daily updates about the production ramp up of Tesla’s latest battery pack.
It’s particularly interesting because Tesla launched the new battery pack over 2 months ago: ‘Tesla claims ‘Quickest Production Car in the World’ title with new 100 kWh battery pack: 0-60 in 2.5s & 315 mile range‘
At the time, Musk said that they plan for “200 packs per week”, but also that he sees the number increasing in the coming months and that demand for the performance (P100D) version of the battery pack will enough to create a backlog for it and therefore, they don’t plan to introduce a non-performance version (100D), which would be cheaper and would have a longer range.
Now on the call with analysts today, Musk said that Tesla is seeing “high demand” for the vehicle, which is why he is focusing on ramping up production of the battery pack.
While it means that we could see a lot more “Quickest Production Cars in the World”, it also means that it may be awhile longer before we see a Model S 100D, which could have a very impressive range approaching 350 miles on a single charge.