But for all his eccentricities and egotism, the world needs more people like Musk.
Tesla is expected to release a formal statement on second-quarter vehicle production and delivery figures sometime early this week.
FILE PHOTO: A row of new Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles is seen at a parking lot in Richmond, California, U.S. June 22, 2018. About another 15,000 cars were in transit to customers, the company said.
In an email, Mr Musk praised staff for reaching the much-delayed goal, helped by setting up production in a tent.
If we are to solve the great challenges of the twenty-first century - whether overpopulation, democratic disruption, new antibiotic-resistant diseases, or shortages of resources - it will be thanks to innovators like Musk, who think not just outside the box, but in an entirely different box-free universe. The boost in productivity has been attributed to GA4, the new Tesla production line which is located in a tent.
The company now says it expects to hit 6,000 Model 3s per week by late August, with its Model 3 assembly line under the plant's roof reaching 5,000 on its own.
Tesla will have to prove to investors that it can sustain and increase its production pace, and some skeptics have bet against the company.
Musk had prioritized the weekly production of 5,000 Model 3s.
"Reaching it is one thing", Sullivan told the AP. According to Musk, it's "way better" than the other general assembly line that cost hundreds of millions of dollars. "Model 3 Dual Motor All Wheel Drive and Model 3 Dual Motor All Wheel Drive Performance cars will also be available in our stores shortly".
Deliveries in the second quarter totaled 40,740 vehicles - interpreted by industry observers as a little short of expectations - but not a major concern. All eyes had been on Elon Musk & Co. after the Tesla team promised a new Model 3 production milestone; now, a new target has been set.
How crucial a role this additional line played in achieving this goal remains an unanswered question. Out of 20 analysts polled in the last 3 months, 7 are bullish on Tesla stock, 8 remain sidelined, while 5 are bearish on the stock.
Wall Street was divided on whether Musk and Tesla could pull it off. Will the company give any update on its quest for profitability and its cash condition? Model 3 production for the three month period hit 28,578 cars - more than Model S and Model X combined - a three-fold increase over Q1.
Tesla first wanted the call the Model 3 - Model E. It would have joined the models S and X in Tesla's lineup to make "S-E-X" with the Model Y to follow later. Will Tesla indicate what net reservations now are?