If You Think Elon Musk Is Focused On Tesla Model 3 Production A Peek At His Twitter Feed Will Bring You Back To Earth
About a month ago, after Tesla missed yet another Model 3 production and delivery goal, Elon Musk told the world he had taken over direct responsibility for the production of the Model 3. Explaining the move, which should scare the heck out of investors, Musk said, "My job as CEO is to focus on what’s most critical, which is currently Model 3 production." Actually, some might say that the job of CEO is to focus on meeting the company's overall goals, managing the executive team, and ensuring shareholder value. Instead, Tesla's CEO says he is "sleeping on the Gigafactory floor."
About a year ago, I asked Doug to manage both engineering & production. He agreed that Tesla needed eng & prod better aligned, so we don’t design cars that are crazy hard to build. Right now, tho, better to divide & conquer, so I’m back to sleeping at factory. Car biz is hell …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 2, 2018
If Musk is sleeping in Nevada, he seems to be spending his waking hours not working on Tesla's Model 3, or even on Tesla issues, as far as we can tell from his Twitter feed. Rather, it looks a lot like Elon Musk is working at the Hawthorne, California Space X mission control facility.
— Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) May 11, 2018
In a recent tweet, Musk, (or his avatar) is seen hugging and high-fiving Space X engineers after one of its rockets again performed a miracle. This is all great news for those interested in Space X. Those who gave Tesla $1,000 to build them a model 3 years ago may see things differently.
Tesla's embarrassing delivery rate for the Model 3 is unchanged over the past two months according to EV-advocacy publication, Inside EVs. At the current rate of deliveries, Tesla would need eight years to catch up to its backlog. That may seem like good news in a way. Buyers clamoring for what the company builds is always a plus. Except when Tesla is recording record losses due to lack of revenue - from the Model 3 cars that it is not delivering.
We took a close look at the Elon Musk Twitter feed to see if there are any updates on fixing the Model 3 production and delivery issues. What we found when we looked back over the past week were ten tweets on the subject of Space X, one about Tesla's solar power business in Austraila, an update on Tesla's hyperloop tunnel boring in LA, two tweets about horses, zero tweets updating reservation holders on the Model 3 progress, and one tweet showing Musk living la vida loca with a gal 50% younger than he is in Earth years. At a location 2,500 miles from the production facility of the Model 3.