Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently spoke to Fox Business about the state of Model S production, and to hear the CEO tell it, things are going very well. Assembly line production has been climbing every week; the interview was conducted on September 13, and Musk said when asked how many cars they'd build, "I think it's probably going to be around 80 cars this week." If they hit that number it would represent double the production of the week before.

Tesla's Model S production goal this year is 5,000 units, and the outside estimate is that 400* have been built so far. To make the target in the roughly 14 weeks left in the year, Tesla would need to – as of this week – quadruple last week's production to a little more than 320 units. That's a steep climb, but the numbers so far point to it being still being possible. Musk said that orders continue to come in and the company is working through its backlog, and he expects an annual profit to come in 2013. You'll find both parts of the interview in the videos below.

*UPDATE: Tesla spokeswoman Christina Ra pointed out that the last publicly confirmed number is just 100 Model S units, and that Tesla will "likely make another announcement on that front soon." She added, "400 is really inaccurate."




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      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Elon is like the Henry Ford of EV's.
      markkiernan
      • 2 Years Ago
      More power to Elon (as we Irish say), but if he is going to sell 20,000 Model S in 2013 how many (Model C) will he expect to sell during full production, 100,000? That is a lot of customers.
        markkiernan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @markkiernan
        Sorry to clarify, the Model C is what is expect to come after the Model S and X.
          Douglas
          • 2 Years Ago
          @markkiernan
          so tesla will have a very SXC (sexy) line up of cars
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @markkiernan
          Musk joked that he was going to call it the Model E and everyone took him seriously. He had to later make a statement that it was a joke. Kinda like what happens in the comments here....
      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      As entrepreneurs go, you have to LOVE Elon Musk.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        [blocked]
          untitledfolder
          • 2 Years Ago
          You haven't innovated anything except more trolling. DIAF.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          And you live in a fantasyland. What is your problem? Why do you come here and post a bunch of BS? Does it give you some sort of thrill to get people angry at you? I really think you should talk to someone. Friend, psychiatrist, or therapist doesn't matter. Just talk to someone who can help you. Even if you're twelve and faking being an adult you should talk to someone.
          drreece
          • 2 Years Ago
          this is your fraud Listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 people who most affected the world in 2010. Jon Favreau, director of the Iron Man movies, describes in his article how Musk was the inspiration for Favreau's film depiction of genius billionaire Tony Stark.[45] The world governing body for aerospace records, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, presented Musk in 2010 with the highest award in air & space, the FAI Gold Space Medal, for designing the first privately developed rocket to reach orbit. Prior awardees include Neil Armstrong, Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites and John Glenn. Named as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire magazine.[25] In June 2011, Musk was awarded the $500,000 Heinlein Prize for Advances in Space Commercialization[46] In February 2011, Forbes listed Musk as one of "America's 20 Most Powerful CEOs 40 And Under".[47] Recognized as a Living Legend in Aviation in 2010 by the Kitty Hawk Foundation for creating the successor to the Space Shuttle (Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft). Other awardees include Buzz Aldrin and Richard Branson.[48] American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics George Low award for the most outstanding contribution in the field of space transportation in 2007/2008. Musk was recognized for his design of the Falcon 1, the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit.[49] National Space Society's Von Braun Trophy in 2008/2009, given for leadership of the most significant achievement in space. Prior recipients include Burt Rutan and Steve Squyres.[50] National Wildlife Federation 2008 National Conservation Achievement award for Tesla Motors and SolarCity. Other 2008 awardees include journalist Thomas Friedman, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and Florida Governor Charlie Crist.[51] The Aviation Week 2008 Laureate for the most significant achievement worldwide in the space industry.[52] R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year for 2007 for SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity.[53] Automotive Executive of the Year (worldwide) in 2010 for demonstrating technology leadership and innovation via Tesla Motors. Prior awardees include Bill Ford Jr, Bob Lutz, Dieter Zetsche and Lee Iacocca. Musk is the youngest ever recipient of this award.[54] Inc Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2007 for his work on Tesla and SpaceX.[55] 2007 Index Design award for his design of the Tesla Roadster.[56] Global Green 2006 product design award for his design of the Tesla Roadster, presented by Mikhail Gorbachev.[57] Musk is a Director of the Planetary Society, a Trustee of The X-Prize Foundation and a member of the Stanford University Engineering Advisory Board. He has previously served as a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.[58] In a 2010 Space Foundation survey, Musk was ranked as the #10 (tied with rocketry pioneer and scientist Wernher von Braun) most popular space hero.[59] In 2010, Musk was elected to the board of trustees of the California Institute of Technology.[60] In 2011, Musk was honored as a Legendary Leader at the Churchill Club Awards.[61] Honorary Doctorates Honorary doctorate in design from the Art Center College of Design[62] Honorary Doctorate (DUniv) in aerospace engineering from the University of Surrey[63] Interests
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          I won't react emotionally, like the rest, but it wouldn't hurt to include a statement ad to why you believe him to be a fraud.
        markkiernan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        A great guy who is doing more for EVs than anyone else at the moment!
      Daniel Garay
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tesla and Space X are both financed by the US taxpayers
        Car Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daniel Garay
        He didn't really build that................
        GML
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daniel Garay
        What exactly is your point? Every industry gets some kind of help from the US gov't. Are you suggesting the US should stop innovating?
          DriverSide
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GML
          Nevada Gives apple and 89 million dollar tax cut: http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/08/01/nevada_board_endorses_89m_tax_cut_for_apple_data_center Apple Lobbies for a 4 billion dollar tax cut: http://www.usuncut.org/targets/apple Apple Chinese Subsidies: http://investorplace.com/2012/09/is-new-money-buying-a-top-in-apple-aapl/ Posted from my macbook retina :)
          DriverSide
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GML
          Apple gets tons of subsidies and tax breaks even though their main workforce is outsourced labor in China. Without US and Chinese Subsidies Apple would still be on life support.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GML
          [blocked]
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GML
          [blocked]
          Toddley
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GML
          Apple gets enormous tax cuts for "investing" in places like Austin and North Carolina.
          ngiotta
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GML
          When did a company that releases hardware a year behind the curve-- and prices it two years ahead of the curve become "awesome"? Perhaps if that's the goal, Tesla should contract production to Asia (like Apple), ignore the suicide rates of the company they contracted with (like Apple) and then just keep suing anyone else making a superior product (like Apple)?
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GML
          Nice info DriverSide. Thanks for posting.
        FoxJ30
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daniel Garay
        I'm proud to say my tax dollars help bring new, forward thinking technologies to market sooner. I'm not proud to say my tax dollars are funding a war in a country we really have no business being in.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daniel Garay
        "Tesla and Space X are both financed by the US taxpayers" Are you mad at Boeing, McDonnel-Douplas, General Dynamics, or Honeywell? All those are government contract companies just like SpaceX. The US is currently paying money to the Russians to get our astronauts to the International Space Station. $93 million for each one. Paying a foreign government, our old enemy, to do something that we can no longer do. The Space Shuttle cost $1.3 Billion per flight. SpaceX will do the job for 1/10th that price. And you, in your ignorance, think that is a bad thing. Please get some perspective beyond talk show hosts that have their own agenda.
        markkiernan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daniel Garay
        Ok, we get it you hate Tesla, so why do you keep on with spewing crap? Isn't it better to just shut up when you can't provide a constructive argument?
        Joe Huber
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daniel Garay
        It's a loan...and a good investment...nothing wrong with that.
        Joe Huber
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daniel Garay
        It's a loan...and a good investment...nothing wrong with that.
      RearDiff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, at the rate we're talking 4000 S's a year. It's going to take Tesla centuries of building at that rate to turn a profit!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RearDiff
        [blocked]
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          What is your problem? Why do you come here and post a bunch of BS? Does it give you some sort of thrill to get people angry at you? I really think you should talk to someone. Friend, psychiatrist, or therapist doesn't matter. Just talk to someone who can help you. Even if you're twelve and faking being an adult you should talk to someone.
          • 2 Years Ago
          [blocked]
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          Sure. When you stop trolling and acting like a child. In what way does your behavior benefit you? In what way does it move humanity forward? Are you bettering the world with your actions? That's why I recommend you talk to someone. There is something wrong. And using CAPS (yelling) shows your sickness.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RearDiff
        That's why it's a ramp up. This is one phase and now they are actually at 100, not 80. This was filmed a week ago. They've already improved.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Someone pulled a bunch of his rants. He must have two accounts and some of the posts stayed.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          [blocked]
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          he is a liar and you are an apologist. dont be a shill
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          You have problems - seek help.
          pmpjunkie01
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          @ Grendal Respect to you for trying to argue with thor. I am afraid you are wasting your time since he posts like someone with a single digit IQ. @ thor: Please stop wasting everybody's time with your moronic nonsense. So far you have not added anything valuable to the discussion. GTHOH
        Anne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RearDiff
        Hey Einstein, 2 months ago they were at 5 cars a week, now at 80/week. It is called 'ramp up' and they're not at intended production level yet, which is 400/week. Come back in 1 or 2 months, and then see how stupid your comment actually was.
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Musk: "...State subsidies been very very good to me..."
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        Along with every other large business that gets tax breaks for opening their business. The state government gets it back because of the over 2000 workers that he's employing.
          recharged95
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Unless you're a rich CEO that offshores his work, and has tax breaks that allow you to write profit to another country, so you end up paying
          PeterScott
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          DF was occasionally amusing with his over the top lightness rants. TP is not DF, he is totally boorish all the time. Autoblog has the worse comment system I have ever seen. Even before WWW, I was using USENET and we had idiot filters. Most decent comment systems have similar but not AB. So we get twits with mental issues, stinking up the place.
          methos1999
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Grendal Don't feed the trolls. thor is clearly DF in disguise, so just ignore his ignorance.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          I would doubt Thor is DF....wait, I will test it.... You know, I personally like square, boxy cars, that are heavy, expensive, burn diesel fuel, and have poor performance. After all, gas and diesel will be here forever.... (waiting....shhhhhhh.....waiting)
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Thor is DF only if he suffers from multiple personality disorder.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hold Mr Musk in awe for his ability to outstandingly manage such self imposed stress.
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      if musk can do simple math it would tell him that he wont reach 5000 cars by the year end if he keeps it at this speed.........50 cars a DAY is what he needs
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        You're right. That's why they are still ramping up. This is just the third increase in production. There are more coming. 20,000+ cars next year is the big goal. That's actually more like 80 cars a day to meet production goals.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          [blocked]
          Jon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Why does that get grendal a down vote? He is right.. 80*365 = 29200. Whats that you say? People dont work on the weekends? 80*365*(5/7) = 20857. Sometimes I dont get this voting stuff..
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Thor obviously has a number of accounts that he uses to come in and vote with. The guy seems ill. He certainly has weird motivations. There doesn't seem to be any justifications to his rants and trolling. He is either a child or someone with mental problems.
        Anne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        Musk actually is a rocket scientist in the other half of his life, so, yes, he can do simple math. It is you that is having the problems.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Anne
          Elon Musk has an undergraduate degree in Physics. That's nice, but it far from qualifies him from being a "rocket scientist". More accurately, Elon Musk owns a company that employs rocket scientists. Even on his own SpaceX biopage, he is listed as "CEO and Designer", and we all know from that infamous Automobile Magazine what Musk thinks a Designer's job is. By his own definition, Musk must focus on making the rockets "look good", while a team of scientists and engineers actually create them.
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      The guy on EVTV is #2800something and has been told he should expect a December delivery. They will not reach 5,000 units and they already know it.
      Mike Hunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Screw the car ...LIZ CLAMAN??? Yummmmmmmmmmmm!!!
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      And here's another one that AB and ABG will post as a story (I posted this story on the a different thread) in the coming days: http://www.insideline.com/tesla/model-s/2012/2012-tesla-model-s-full-test.html Inside Line (Edmunds) does a full battery of range tests under different conditions. The result is that the range matches well with the EPA estimate of 265 miles. And to bring it full circle with this article the car they use is Elon Musks personal car. So a CEO that has enough integrity to put his money where his mouth is and loan out his personal car to reporters to run a full battery of tests on.
        taser it
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        Loaning out a personal car actually brings into question the results. It's obvious that it is not a standard production car and the results from it are meaningless.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @taser it
          Good try but you didn't think it through. It was a test of the battery pack - which is the same on every car: this was an 85 kWh pack. And so it is meaningful test that had nothing to do with it being Elons car. Customers already have their cars too. They have posted their results as well. All are indicating exactly the same...
      drreece
      • 2 Years Ago
      tesla need to ramp its production up by approx 39 cars per week every week from now till the end of the year. more probable than impossible. 400 + 80 + 119 + 158........... go elon go!!!
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