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In August, after Tesla got production underway for the Model 3 and made first deliveries of the new mass-market electric sedan to employees, CEO Elon Musk said there should "absolutely" be "zero concern" about the automaker's ability to increase production to 10,000 cars per week at some point in 2018. This week, that confidence vanished.

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In August, after Tesla got production underway for the Model 3 and made first deliveries of the new mass-market electric sedan to employees, CEO Elon Musk said there should "absolutely" be "zero concern" about the automaker's ability to increase production to 10,000 cars per week at some point in 2018. This week, that confidence vanished.