Here's How Elon Musk Gets Tesla to 500,000 Cars a Year by 2020

Here's How Elon Musk Gets Tesla to 500,000 Cars a Year by 2020

Interesting article on Bloomberg...

The problem with placing bets on Tesla’s future is that there are few examples to compare it with. He's building an entirely new kind of automobile—a battery-powered car that goes zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds and runs for almost 300 miles on a single charge. To accomplish these goals, he has completely reimagined the manufacturing process and undertaken construction of one of the world's biggest factories, just to supply the batteries.
When has another startup tried to do so much, so quickly? There’s really only one example, the original game changer: Ford Motor's Model T.
"I do remain confident about half a million cars in 2020, and maybe being able to exceed that," Musk said on a conference call with investors last week, after an analyst asked whether he still stood behind the forecast. "That's five years from now. If you go five years in the past for Tesla, we were producing 600 cars per year—now we can produce 600 cars in three days. So I think going from here to 500,000 cars a year is a much smaller leap."

It has a graph comparing Tesla's growth with that of Ford and the Model T. They line up really well.

Red Sage ca us | August 11, 2015

Bloomberg seems fine in their Tesla Motors coverage, unless Cory Johnson is involved.

tes-s | August 11, 2015

It will be interesting to see if Tesla matches, exceeds, or falls short of Ford.

Tropopause | August 11, 2015

Exciting to be alive to see the modern-day equivalent of Henry Ford!

AmpedRealtor | August 11, 2015

They'll surely get there if Google buys them :)

SoCal Buzz | August 11, 2015

You mean "Alphabet" ... Maybe that's why the reorganized :)

PhillyGal | August 11, 2015

Awesome chart comparison!

We have a Model S in our garage... and a small wooden component of a battery from a Model T in our basement. Game changers, indeed.

renwo S alset | August 11, 2015

I have it on good authority (I made it up) that Larry doesn't want Tesla, he's after SpaceX, to save buying all those balloons.

clomi | August 11, 2015

Nice chart!

Back in time now:
New York Easter parade 1900:

New York Easter 1913:

Going from one car to just one horse in 13 years, wow...

The times are changing, 92% of EV owners will never buy an ICE again:

Tesla showed the way, other are following, the curve would probably
be more accurate if all the EV sales were included, but it's nice to see
that Tesla is actually a leader in it's field.

Red Sage ca us | August 12, 2015