The Tesla Model X has been delayed long enough. Tesla is now beginning to ship the CUV to its customers. The company is expecting to ship over 12,000 vehicles by the end of Q3 of this year. That is a big number considering it being a 60% increase from last year, despite the small number of Model X crossovers. It was already predicted that there will be a short supply of Model X vehicles this year.
Tesla is having supplier bottlenecks, even though the company has been ramping up production. According to the companies SEC filing, the company is reaching out to other suppliers to keep the production going.
“We are still testing the ability of many suppliers to deliver high quality production parts in quantities sufficient to meet our planned production ramp. Since production ramps rapidly late in Q4, a one-week push out of this ramp due to an issue at even a single supplier could reduce Model X production by approximately 800 units for the quarter,”
~Tesla SEC Filing
On top of the short supply of parts, Tesla is also having assembly line production problems as well. As it turns out, the Model S and Model X has to come off the same assembly line. Whereas other companies such as Ford create multiple plants for different vehicles, Tesla does not have the luxury to do that. However, this is something to expect for a new car company. You have to crawl before you can walk.