Deliver Cars or Die Trying: Elon Musk Once Again Pushes Tesla to the Brink

It’s all hands on deck at Tesla as the electric car-maker is scrambling to meet its delivery numbers. Producing the Model 3 (the company’s more affordable, “mass-produced” car) has put the company through, as Elon Musk has said, “Production Hell,” and they are now in “Logistics Hell.”

What does this mean? Essentially, Tesla couldn’t make enough Model 3s, so the company was stretched to the breaking point. Now, the issue appears to be whether they can deliver the cars they make. Tesla is now asking for volunteers to help deliver 30,000 vehicles in 15 days. You heard that right; 30,000 in just over two days.


This doesn’t sound like a very professional way to run a business. If it’s unforeseen and a one-off, you could probably let it slide, but it’s not. Musk has done this before, and volunteering at Tesla for employees is nothing new. While the company will stress that it isn’t mandatory (like those captain’s practices in D1 athletics), people know their jobs hang in the balance.

It’s a testimony to the belief that CEO Elon Musk can conjure in those who follow him. The “us against the world” mentality must be wearing a little thin of late, as electric cars are nothing new and you can find plenty of high-end electric car manufacturers who don’t require that you work for free to keep the company afloat.

It would be different if they were hiring relentlessly and then asking employees to pitch in. At some point, people are going to realize that Musk is going to work them all until Tesla implodes or the company scales. With all the new vehicles scheduled, there must be more than a few nervous glances around the workshop.

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