Having been behind schedule
in the early ramp-up for the Model 3, Tesla’s vehicle output improved significantly throughout 2018. As the company announced on January 2, the electric car maker produced a total of 86,555 vehicles in the past quarter alone, beating its annual production total for 2016 and more than tripling its output compared to last year’s December quarter.
built more than twice as many Model 3s in Q4 as it did Model S and Model Xs, bringing the company closer to its goal of making the Model 3 the first mass-market Tesla. The following chart illustrates, how rapidly Tesla's production has ramped up this year, an achievement that has taken its toll on everybody at the company, including CEO Elon Musk, who admitted in a New York Times
interview that the past year has been "excruciating" and that he's been working up to 120 hours a week to achieve his ambitious goals at Tesla.