In a statement that would ultimately go on to haunt him, Musk said that Model 3 production would reach 5,000 units per week by the end of 2017.
Currently, the lowest-priced version of the Model 3 on offer is a rear-wheel-drive edition equipped with a premium interior and long-range (310-mile) battery pack for $43,000, with deliveries estimated in three to five months. "Incredibly impressed with Tesla China team & potential for the future", Musk further tweeted.
"It's like you just took all the highways away from L.A. or something", Musk told Bloomberg, adding that Tesla's workers had to scramble to manually assemble auto components.
Musk earlier had stated "Would love to be in India".
Tesla's losses increased by 97.5 per cent to just under $785 million in the first quarter of 2018, despite the fact that earnings rose by 26.4 per cent to more than $3.4 billion.
"Tesla will be there as soon as he believes we should". A report from Bloomberg Businessweek claims workers at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant are overworked and, at one point, were asked to walk through raw sewage on the job.
- Electric vehicle producer Tesla Inc. says it will build its first factory outside the United States in Shanghai.
A year ago, Tesla said it was working with the Shanghai government to explore local manufacturing.
"I think that you'll see something similar to what they did in Nevada, with a partner like Panasonic", said Mr Kallo, referring to the gigafactory that Tesla and its Japanese battery-cell supplier operate along near Reno.
Tripp complaint filed with the SEC includes accusations that the former Tesla employee has disclosed to the press before: Tesla overstated to investors the number of Model 3 vehicles being produced each week by as much as 44%; batteries with puncture holes were installed into Tesla vehicles; and the company systematically reused scrap and waste parts in vehicles.
"Tesla is deeply committed to the Chinese market, and we look forward to building even more cars for our customers here", the spokesperson said.
Musk also said that some of the company's designers were "naive" about the manufacturing difficulties they would face and that the company's plans for increased automation made sense in theory but were hard to implement.