Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk announced on Twitter late last week that the company was pushing back the launch of its new electric truck from Oct. 26 to Nov. 16. as it focuses on meeting production demands for its Model 3 sedan and assisting with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, according to a report by
The delay was caused by Tesla focusing on meeting production demands for its Model 3 sedan and assisting with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, according to a report by Electrek, a magazine covering the North American electric vehicle market.
Tesla is apparently working on correcting production “bottlenecks” that held Model 3 production to only 260 units in September bottlenecks”. Additionally, Musk said on Twitter that Tesla will “increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.”
Electrek also reported that Musk and the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello have talked about ways for Tesla Energy to help rebuild the power grid destroyed by the two hurricanes that recently hit the Caribbean. Per reports, Musk was talking about a scalable energy storage and solar power solution with the governor on Twitter.
Tesla Semi unveil now Nov 16. Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 6, 2017
In an official statement released by Tesla, the company offered to refund any airfares already purchased for the Oct. 26 event and said, “The first Tesla Truck prototype is completed, but we’re going to push the unveiling event to Nov. 16 so we can devote resources to fixing Model 3 bottlenecks and increasing battery production for Puerto Rico and other affected areas.
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