Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla, said he has spent nights sleeping on the factory floor during a “painful” period for the electric car maker.
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Tesla has struggled with what Musk has called “production hell” since the launch of the Model 3, a sedan designed to attract mainstream car buyers. The company has aspirations to significantly increase the number of vehicles it builds, but delays have prevented Tesla from reaching its production goals. Tesla recently said Musk would focus his time on resolving the Model 3 bottleneck.
During an interview on “CBS This Morning,” Musk told host Gayle King that he “definitely” feels stress.
“We’ve been incredibly difficult and painful the last several months,” Musk said, according to a preview of the interview scheduled to air Friday. “I’m sleeping on the factory floor, not because I think that’s a fun place to sleep. You know. Terrible.”
Why is he sleeping in Tesla’s California factory? “Because I don’t have time to go home and shower,” Musk explained.
He added, “I don’t believe like people should be experiencing hardship while the CEO is like off on vacation.”
Tesla continues to aim for a weekly production rate of 5,000 Model 3 vehicles by the end of the second quarter. The Palo Alto, California-based automaker built 2,020 Model 3s during the final week of the first quarter, missing its goal of 2,500 units.