Pilot production is the last phase of the development of a new automobile before the company begins series manufacturing. Luckily for Tesla enthusiasts, the Model 3 is about to reach that phase in just a few days, on February 20th.
However, we were not supposed to know that. Apparently, Tesla let its suppliers know about this fact through a notice, but an anonymous source also let the press know about it. Therefore, right now nobody knows how many units Tesla will built starting the end of this month. The pilot production phase involves building a specific number of units to test their robot configuration, performance and other aspects.
Unfortunately, this doesn't mean that the final model will come out on the market soon either. Once the production phase is over, Tesla will more than likely spend at least a few weeks – if not months – to make sure that everything works fine. Even so, let's keep in mind that Tesla has just rescheduled its for quarter earnings call to February 22nd; this could be a clue that the company will unveil a Model 3 for its investors before it announces the earnings.
Either way, Tesla enthusiasts are keeping their hopes up that the company will not suffered from any delays with this model. A quick look back at the launch of Model X reminds us that the launch of the vehicle was delayed; apparently, the cause was a supplier hired by the American company, who had some problems delivering the system behind the well known Falcon Doors.
And that was not even the first time Tesla had delays with a new product.
The popular Model S encountered some issues caused by 'similar reasons' regarding its series production. However, this time the team managed to get things done in time – not fast enough for the world to forget it, though. Therefore, the industry analysts are still skeptical when it comes to the number of Model 3 vehicles that will reach the clients this year. Looks like this year, all eyes are on Tesla.