Missed delivery target; Elon Musk lashes out about fatal crash

Missed delivery target; Elon Musk lashes out about fatal crash

Missed delivery target; Elon Musk lashes out about fatal crash

That output of electric vehicles was about a 20 percent increase from the previous quarter, though the company fell short of its production target of manufacturing 20,000 vehicles over the three-month period.

Tesla delivered 29,190 cars in the first six months of this year and expects to deliver a further 50,000 in the second half.

It's the second quarter in a row that the Palo Alto company has missed its delivery forecast.

Issued on Sunday, the company's deliveries announcement led off with production rates, which Tesla says are now "just under 2,000 vehicles a week". Tesla has since claimed that it informed the relevant authorities of the incident, which is surely of great interest to Tesla owners and anyone following the development of self-driving cars, writes Carol J. Loomis for Fortune.

Tesla also knew about the deadly crash involving its Model S sedan before a $2 billion stock offering, Reuters noted.

This has generated more than 370,000 pre-orders for the vehicle, surpassing Musk's initial expectations for demand and prompting him to tweet "definitely need to rethink production planning".

Additionally, a Tesla Model X crashed and rolled over while in Autopilot mode last week, the Detroit Free Press reported earlier today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into the crash.

The electric auto manufacturer said, "This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where the Autopilot was activated". This is the second time in a year the company missed its delivery target.

- Tesla isn't waiting for the Model 3 (or the Gigafactory) to be ready before it kicks its production into overdrive. According to Reuters, the fatal accident occurred on May 7, but Tesla didn't disclose the incident to the NHTSA until May 16.

The company says it learned about the accident which claimed the life of 40-year-old Joshua Brown in Florida "shortly" after the May 7th crash, and disclosed it to the United States government on May 16th.

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