Photos posted on Instagram by user Chris Suen are giving those waiting for Tesla’s Model 3 a glimpse of the factory in Fremont in the hours just before the predicted release of the Model 3 serial number 1 (SN1).
On July 3, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the Model 3 had successfully hurdled through the final regulatory requirements for production, two weeks ahead of schedule. He had hoped that would make it possible for SN1 to reach the finish line of production today (Friday).
Suen’s photos show some of Tesla’s “alien dreadnaught” Kuka robots installed on a second platform. Previously, Tesla purchased more than 400 of these robots for the Model 3 assembly line. Model 3 production has taken up work not just in Fremont, but also in Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 where the battery cells, packs, and drive units are being made.Image credit: Chris Suen/Instagram
Tesla aims to launch 20,000 Model 3 units per month by December, according to Musk. It’s a gradual build up, starting with 100 cars by August to about 1,500 by September. The ramped up pace of production is necessary to cope up with the huge number of pre-order’s Tesla’s received for the Model 3, set to be the company’s most affordable electric vehicle yet.