It took Tesla some time to hit its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s a week, but Elon Musk's car company is apparently ready to ramp up production in a big way.
In its second quarter earnings report Wednesday, the electric automaker said it expects to manufacture more than 6,000 of the mass-market vehicles a week by the end of the month, and most factories would be able to produce 10,000 cars a week by the end of the year.
That would be a big step toward achieving profitability. Musk has said that sustained production of the Model 3 is essential for increasing cash flow and cutting losses. Though Tesla posted a bigger loss than expected for the quarter ー $3.06 a share versus an estimated $2.92 loss per share ー the company burned through $739.5 million, less than the $1 billion it lost at the start of the year.
In all, the company produced more than 53,000 cars ーModel 3s, Model Ss, and Model Xs ー during the second quarter, and delivered almost 41,000 vehicles. It also took a restructuring charge for cutting its workforce by 9 percent.
Shares of Tesla were up more than 4 percent after the report.
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