Tesla may be among the most technologically advanced car companies in the world but there was one thing its customers have been missing: automatic windshield wipers. While seemingly a simple feature and standard on most new models, Tesla drivers have been missing out since an update to the car's software in October 2016. But Tesla CEO, Elon Musk has promised his devout drivers that the update is coming soon.
Wanted again to send a note of deep gratitude to Tesla owners WW for taking a chance on a new company that all experts said would fail.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017
So much blood, sweat & tears from the Tesla team went into creating cars that you’d truly love. I hope you do.
How can we improve further?
Musk recently expressed his gratitude to his customers for their support via Twitter, thanking them for taking a chance on a company that many thought would fail. He ends the humble note by asking how the company can improve further. In response, Tesla owner Neil Siegel asks for automatic windshield wipers that adjust according to the amount of rain. "Coming very soon," Musk replied.
Coming very soon— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 27, 2017
Tesla pickup on its way
A Twitter user with the name Vancouver Seed bank, responded to Musk saying “Need an electric pickup please.” Musk responded hinting at when the much-anticipated vehicle might be seen on the road. The serial entrepreneur wrote: “I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.”
I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y. Have had the core design/engineering elements in my mind for almost 5 years. Am dying to build it.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 26, 2017
While Tesla vehicles do continue to impress with performance and quality, the car company is still plagued by manufacturing problems. The company's entry-level vehicle, the $35,000 Model 3 Sedan has created a “manufacturing hell”.
Despite assurances from Musk that the company is on track to increase production of the sedan, KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts predict the company will only deliver 5,000 vehicles out of its planned 15,000 in the fourth quarter. The prediction was made after Keybanc analysts interviewed 18 key Tesla sales outlets. “We talked to stores in California doing as many as a dozen per week with around 10 being the average, and we estimate stores outside of California were doing something closer to half a dozen per week,” the analysts wrote. This further delay in Model 3 production and delivery could further increase the already long line of customers waiting to collect their vehicles. Tesla had previously boasted they had 500,000 customers who had laid down deposits for the car.
Will the Tesla Semi truck meet production schedule?
Musk still has the Tesla Semi to worry about too, since it's outrageous launch in Los Angeles last month many big-name companies are jumping on board and placing orders for the all-electric truck.
Companies such as Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, DHL, Sysco, and Pepsi are all lining up to get a piece of the Tesla machine. Production for the trucks is scheduled to start in 2019, but industry experts are worried that Tesla doesn’t even have an adequate facility lined up yet, which could mean another round of delays. Although it is unlikely that these powerful companies are going to be as patient with the Musk method of overpromising than his loyal consumer customers. The next few years will be interesting for Tesla as they head into new territory of trucks and pickups. Just don't forget about the windshield wipers.