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Blame it on the 'bots: Tesla's Musk says Model 3 production lagging on 'excessive automation'

Tesla confirmed it missed its production goal of 2,500 Model 3s per week
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CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the electric-car maker will be profitable in its third and fourth quarter

Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) confirmed last week that it is falling behind in Model 3 production and robots might be to blame, according to the New York Post.

The electric car company projected in January that it would produce 2,500 Model 3s per week by the end of 2018. A report by Jalopnik revealed that it’s only producing around 2,000 per week.

“Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated,” CEO Elon Musk tweeted Friday afternoon.

Musk took charge of the production line as of April, claiming that he sometimes stays up all night and even sleeps on the factory floor.

“We had this crazy, complex network of conveyor belts…. And it was not working, so we got rid of that whole thing,” he said in an interview with CBS This Morning.

READ: Tesla shares jump after CEO Elon Musk's late-night tweet

In a separate Twitter exchange on Friday, Musk replied to an Economist article about Tesla, saying that the company will be profitable and have a positive cash flow in its third and fourth quarter.

Shares of Tesla were up by around 2% to US$300.34 on Monday morning.

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