Tesla is asking Gigafactory workers to volunteer and work through Thanksgiving as it pushes to make 7,000 Model 3s per week and keep the company profitable (TSLA)

Tesla Factory

  • Tesla’s
    Gigafactory
    will stay open during Thanksgiving as Elon Musk
    attempts to ramp up production to 7,000 Model 3s a week, according
    to an internal email viewed by Business Insider. 
  • “For Thanksgiving, we will be working in Model 3 Module and
    Pack Production. We’re asking for volunteers to help us support
    these areas. Managers will follow up with each critical area to
    develop the volunteer list,” the email stated. 

Tesla’s Gigafactory will stay open over Thanksgiving as the
company pushes to reach Elon Musk’s production goal of 7,000 Model
3s a week.

According to an internal email viewed by Business Insider, most
of the Gigafactory workers will be able to observe Thanksgiving
Day, but a few “mission critical areas” will remain open, meaning
some employees must work. 

“For Thanksgiving, we will be working in Model 3 Module and Pack
Production. We’re asking for volunteers to help us support these
areas. Managers will follow up with each critical area to develop
the volunteer list,” the email, which was sent on November 12,
stated. 

“All of our hourly and non-exempt team members who work a Tesla
holiday will receive 8.0 hours of holiday pay in addition to pay
for hours worked on those days. We greatly appreciate everyone
who’s able to help and in turn will try to make it festive and
rewarding for those that volunteer,” the email stated. 

Tesla posted a
profit during the company’s third quarter
, something it has
only done twice before since it’s been public. 

However, the company failed to reach its goal of producing
5,000 Model 3s a week (It averaged 4,300 Model 3 cars per week
during the third quarter).

Now Musk is upping the ante, in part because the company has
said it will sell less expensive (and thus lower margin) versions
of the Model 3 going forward, so it needs to increase volume.

Musk has also
said customers that order their vehicle before the end of November
will get their cars
before an electric vehicle tax credit for
Teslas expires at the end of the year.

In a separate email sent on November 15, Musk stressed how
important it was for the company to continue growing production so
that it could maintain profitability. 

It’s extremely important that we achieve a 1,000+ vehicle per
day rate on a sustained basis in the next few weeks, both in order
to ensure new Tesla owners receive their car this year and that we
achieve a financially healthy quarter.

Last quarter was great, but now we need to prove financial
sustainability, which is fundamental to achieving our goal of
helping the world become environmental sustainable.

Please be laser-focused on achieving a build rate of 7,000+
high-quality Model 3’s per week. If there is anything I can do to
help, please let me know. Note, the build rate will continue to
increase in Q1, as we start shipment to Europe and Asia.

Thanks,

Elon

In another , Musk said he’ll be walking the entire Model 3
production line “from cells to finished vehicles” on November 27th
and 28th to ensure that each and every line is doing 50 units per
hour, which would bring Tesla to 1,000 finished vehicles per
day.

One Tesla worker who spoke to Business Insider on the condition
of anonymity called the goal “hopeless” and said that turnover
remains high at the company.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for
comment. 

If you are a Tesla employee or customer who has a story to share
about a car or experience with the company, give me a shout at
llopez@businessinsider.com.

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