Tesla CEO urges employees to ‘catch up’ to hit delivery record

(Reuters) – Tesla, Inc has “catching up” to do, but can still reach a record quarter, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk wrote in a new email that was reviewed by Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: Tesla logo is shown on a ground-breaking ceremony of Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory, China, Jan. 7, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

“While our demand is strong, we have a lot of vehicle deliveries to get to a successful quarter,” Musk wrote in the mail.

“According to my previous e-mail, if we perform well, Q2 will be an all-time record for Tesla deliveries and a great victory!!”

Tesla was on the way to delivering a record number of cars in the second quarter, the defeat of the 90,700 it sent to customers in the last quarter of last year, Musk said in an internal e-mail of last week.

The company has struggled to keep up with Musk’s delivery of promises, had on average produced 900 Model 3 cars per day in the past week, according to last week’s e-mail, making it a step closer to the goal of 7,000 per week.

Musk in the last e-mail said he will start holding talks with Tesla’s delivery teams around the world every two days to know what is needed to accelerate our rate of deliveries.”

Demand for Tesla’s Model 3 sedan and other cars is moved to the top of the investors list of worries, after the company reported slack in the first quarter the question against the background of the U.S.-chinese trade tensions.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

News website Electrek had earlier reported about Musk’s leaked e-mail to the employees.

Tesla’s shares closed almost 1% at $189.86.

Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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