Tesla hits another production problem
A report just came in a little while ago about the possibility of Tesla’s solar roof to have production problem too. The production problems Tesla has faced with its Model 3 have been well documented. Now, sources say the company is facing similar issue with its solar roof tile initiative. According to Reuters, former and current employees have revealed that assembly line problems, and CEO Elon Musk’s exacting appearance as well as beautification demands, has delayed production, causing tension with partner Panasonic, and rattling officials that are keen to see a return on significant state investment.
The ”solar roof” produced at Tesla’s factory in Buffalo, New York, is designed to look like and function as a regular roof while also generating energy. Source say the technical challenges have delayed production, and that is in respect to Musk’s design plans. however, the big issue may likely be from Elon Musk, as he tends not to be satisfied with the look of the product. Neither Tesla nor Reuters‘ sources have revealed current production figures for the roof tiles, but the delays are such that Panasonic which the initiative depends on for solar component has been forced to find other buyers for the parts it had built to sell to Tesla, this was to probably to avoid late sales of their product. Although, according to a former Panasonic employee, the company has been shipping “large volumes” of its photo voltaic cells as samples to other prospective buyers, due to low demand from Tesla.
Some lawmakers are concerned that the delays jeopardize Tesla’s ability to hold up its end of the deal, however Tesla would face penalties of $41.2 million a year if that were to happen. In a statement, Tesla said its facility now employs 600 people, and is “on track to meet all of its commitments.” Tesla company who might be facing an expensive problem if care is not well taken may need luck and prayers to get through its trying times.