Tesla is finally “a real car company”, chief executive Elon Musk has said, after hitting a target to build 5,000 Model 3 electric cars in a week.
In an email, Mr Musk praised staff for reaching the much-delayed goal, helped by setting up production in a tent.
“Intense in tents. Transporting entire production lines across the world in massive cargo planes. Whatever. It worked,” he said.
The Model 3 is Tesla’s more affordable electric car aimed at the mass-market.
Tesla had said it would produce 5,000 Model 3 cars a week by the end of the second quarter of the year.
The company had originally intended to hit the target by December last year, but this was then pushed back to the end of the first quarter of 2018 and then delayed again to the end of the second quarter.
The 5,000th car of the week rolled off the production line on Sunday morning, according to Reuters.
Mr Musk said in an email: “We did it!! What an incredible job by an amazing team. Couldn’t be more proud to work with you.
“The level of dedication and creativity was mind-blowing. We either found a way or, by will and inventiveness, created entirely new solutions that were thought impossible.”
Mr Musk said that, together with production of Tesla’s Model S car and Model X SUV, the company achieved “a combined 7,000 vehicle week!”.
He added: “I think we just became a real car company.”
Mr Musk’s enthusiastic announcement prompted a tongue-in-cheek response from Steven Armstrong, chairman and chief executive for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Ford, the 115 year-old US motor giant.