Tesla Model 3 Production Under Investigation By FBI

The FBI is said to be looking into the company’s Model 3 production. It claims to see if its misstated information and potentially misled investors. Tesla and CEO Elon Musk recently settled a dispute with the DOJ. The investigation is being led by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco and has intensified in recent weeks.

Firstly, sources familiar with the matter tell that the investigation is looking back as far as early 2017. However, under examination is the company’s public statements about Model 3 productions as compared to the number of vehicles that were built.

The company recently turned its first quarterly profit in two years after smoothing out what Tesla CEO Elon Musk called “production hell” on the Model 3. In early 2017, Musk laid out an aggressive production plan for the Model 3, predicting it would be producing 20,000 vehicles a month by December 2017. He said in a tweet “Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in Dec”.


Tesla said in a statement:

Earlier this year, Tesla received a voluntary request for documents from the Department of Justice about its public guidance for the Model 3 ramp and we were cooperative in responding to it. We have not received a subpoena, a request for testimony, or any other formal process, and there have been no additional document requests about this from the Department of Justice for months.

When we started the Model 3 production ramp, we were transparent about how difficult it would be, openly explaining that we would only be able to go as fast as our least lucky or least successful supplier, and that we were entering production hell. Ultimately, given difficulties that we did not foresee in this first-of-its-kind production ramp, it took us six months longer than we expected to meet our 5,000 unit per week guidance.

Tesla’s philosophy has always been to set truthful targets – not sandbagged targets that we would definitely exceed and not unrealistic targets that we could never meet. While Tesla gets criticized when it is delayed in reaching a goal, it should not be forgotten that Tesla has achieved many goals that were doubted by most. We are enormously proud of the efforts of the whole company in making it through this difficult ramp and getting us to volume production.

About Tesla

Tesla was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers who wanted to prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric. They wanted to prove that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars. Today, Tesla builds not only all-electric vehicles but also infinitely scalable clean energy generation and storage products. Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better.

All Tesla vehicles are produced at its factory in Fremont, California, where the vast majority of the vehicle’s components are also made. To achieve our goal of having the safest factories in the world, Tesla is taking a proactive approach to safety, requiring production employees to participate in a multi-day training program before ever setting foot on the factory floor. From there, Tesla continues to provide on-the-job training and track performance daily so that improvements can be made quickly. The result is that Tesla’s safety rate continues to improve while Model 3 production ramps.

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Quick Specs

  • Engine- Electric
  • EPA Class- Large Cars
  • Style Name- Sedan
  • Drivetrain- Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passenger Capacity- 5
  • Passenger Doors- 4
  • Body Style- 4dr Car
  • Transmission- Transmission: 1-Speed Automatic


  • EPA Classification- Large Cars

Weight Information

  • Base Curb Weight (lbs)- 3838

Interior Dimensions

  • Front Head Room (in)- 40.3
  • Second Leg Room (in)- 35.2
  • Passenger Capacity- 5
  • Front Hip Room (in)- 53.4
  • Front Leg Room (in)- 42.7
  • Second Shoulder Room (in)- 54
  • Passenger Volume (ft³)- 97
  • Second Head Room (in)- 37.7
  • Front Shoulder Room (in)- 56.3
  • Second Hip Room (in)- 52.4

Exterior Dimensions

  • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)- 72.8
  • Wheelbase (in)- 113.2
  • Track Width, Rear (in)- 62.2
  • Height, Overall (in)- 56.8
  • Length, Overall (in)- 184.8
  • Track Width, Front (in)- 62.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

  • Trunk Volume (ft³)- 15


  • EPA MPG Equivalent – Combined- 130
  • EPA MPG Equivalent – City- 136
  • Battery Range (mi)- 310
  • EPA MPG Equivalent – Hwy- 123


  • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM- 271
  • Engine Order Code- NA
  • SAE Net Torque @ RPM- 307
  • Engine Type- Electric


  • Trans Type- 1
  • Drivetrain- Rear Wheel Drive
  • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)- 9.00
  • Trans Description Cont.- Automatic
  • Trans Order Code- NA
  • Description Cont. Again- NA


  • Disc – Rear (Yes or No)- Yes
  • Brake ABS System- 4-Wheel
  • Drum – Rear (Yes or No)- NA
  • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)- 14
  • Disc – Front (Yes or No)- Yes
  • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)- NA
  • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)- 13.2


  • Steering Type- Rack-Pinion
  • Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb (ft)- 38.8


  • Spare Tire Order Code- NA
  • Front Tire Order Code- NA
  • Spare Tire Size- NA
  • Front Tire Size- P235/45WR18
  • Rear Tire Order Code- NA
  • Rear Tire Size- P235/45WR18


  • Spare Wheel Size (in)- NA
  • Front Wheel Size (in)- 18 X 8.5
  • Spare Wheel Material- NA
  • Front Wheel Material- Aluminum
  • Rear Wheel Size (in)- 18 X 8.5
  • Rear Wheel Material- Aluminum


  • 1-Suspension Type – Front (Cont.)- Double Wishbone
  • 2-Suspension Type – Front- Double Wishbone
  • 3-Suspension Type – Rear (Cont.)- Multi-Link
  • 4-Suspension Type – Rear- Multi-Link


  • Air Bag-Frontal-Driver- Yes
  • Frontal-Passenger- Yes
  • Passenger Switch (On/Off)- No
  • Side Body-Front- Yes
  • Side Body-Rear- No
  • Air Bag-Side Head-Front- Yes
  • Air Bag-Side Head-Rear- Yes
  • Brakes-ABS- Yes
  • Child Safety Rear Door Locks- Yes
  • Daytime Running Lights- Yes
  • Traction Control- Yes
  • Night Vision- No
  • Rollover Protection Bars- No
  • Fog Lamps- Yes
  • Parking Aid- Yes
  • Tire Pressure Monitor- Yes
  • Back-Up Camera- Yes
  • Stability Control- Yes

Other Features:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Forward Collision and Rear Collision
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Power Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3…
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Front Camera
  • Left Side Camera
  • Right Side Camera


  • Basic Miles/km- 50,000
  • Basic Years- 4
  • Drivetrain Miles/km- 120,000
  • Drivetrain Years- 8
  • Hybrid/Electric Components Miles/km- 120,000
  • Hybrid/Electric Components Years- 8
  • Roadside Assistance Miles/km- 50,000
  • Roadside Assistance Years- 4

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