Already 9 customer cars are on the streets in California, and 3 more were due this past weekend, bringing the total to 12. Another 27 roadsters lie in some partially-assembled state as the process gears up to speed. The company hopes to accelerate production further once the final transmission arrives in September.
The new gearbox solution, known as 'Powertrain 1.5' has been employed in a few test cars already and will be ready for production in just a couple months. Customers with cars built in the interim will be eligible for a free upgrade to the new system once it's available.
Alongside the announcement of increased production, Tesla CEO Ze'ev Drori hinted at a new Tesla store in Silicon Valley's Menlo Park, where the carmaker's main offices are located. The new store adds to the Los Angeles store's experience by also being the location for all final assembly and testing is done on the cars as they are prepped for sale. The next stores for the brand will be located in New York, Chicago, Miami and Seattle.