Chris Anderson interviews Elon Musk at TED2017 - The Future You, April 24-28, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

Tesla plans to produce 6,000 Model 3s per week in June

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Tesla Motors plans to produce 6,000 Model 3s per week once its factories finish automation upgrades. But CEO Elon Musk also wants some human adjustments.

Published   |  Photo by Bret Hartman / TED
Chris Anderson interviews Elon Musk at TED2017 - The Future You, April 24-28, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED
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Amid brief shutdowns at Fremont and Gigafactory 1, Musk pledged in a company-wide email to terminate any contractors not meeting “the Tesla standard of excellence” by Monday.

Chris Anderson interviews Elon Musk at TED2017 - The Future You, April 24-28, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED
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Musk added that Tesla will extend Model 3 operations to 24/7 production, with the company planning to hire “400 people per week for several weeks” at both factories.

Chris Anderson interviews Elon Musk at TED2017 - The Future You, April 24-28, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED
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“There is a very wide range of contractor performance, from excellent to worse than a drunken sloth,” Musk wrote, warning this week would be “a final opportunity to demonstrate excellence.”

Chris Anderson interviews Elon Musk at TED2017 - The Future You, April 24-28, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED
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Musk also lamented Tesla’s workforce as “a Russian nesting doll” of contractors at various levels “before you finally find someone doing actual work.”

Chris Anderson interviews Elon Musk at TED2017 - The Future You, April 24-28, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED
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Musk’s other demands: Stop large meetings, don’t use acronyms, avoid “chain of command” between departments, and “drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value.”

Chris Anderson interviews Elon Musk at TED2017 - The Future You, April 24-28, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED
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Elon Musk’s parting tip: “If following a ‘company rule’ is obviously ridiculous in a particular situation, such that it would make for a great Dilbert cartoon, then the rule should change.”

Chris Anderson interviews Elon Musk at TED2017 - The Future You, April 24-28, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED
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