Elon Musk hinted on Saturday that he was working on new bells and whistles for Model 3, the car heralded as Tesla's ticket for carmaking, but which has been affected by an accumulation of production.
Musk's provocation comes when a recent report suggests that Model 3 could make a leap in production despite its well-publicized problems. Electric car blog Electrek, citing a leaked email from Musk to employees, said it was "quite likely" that Tesla manufactured more than 500 Model 3 cars per day this week.
If that prediction is true, then it is possible for Tesla to hit a weekly production rate of 3,500 cars per week. The company is trying to achieve a production rate of 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of the quarter, but has had to delay that schedule.
Tesla has struggled to increase production of Model 3, which is expected to catapult Tesla into the ranks of major automobile producers, rather than a niche provider of high-end roadsters.
Musk and his ambitions have come under fierce scrutiny, recently heightened by a profit-driven polemic in which the billionaire was openly disdainful of badysts' questions.
Last month, Musk boasted that Tesla would be positive in cash in the second half of this year. However, several prominent Wall Street badysts warned that the company faces a shortage of cash and may have to resort to the market sooner rather than later.
– Robert Ferris of CNBC contributed to this story.