Elon Musk said he slept on the floor at Tesla's factory because he wanted to suffer more than any other employee during Model 3 'production hell'

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elon muskLucy Nicholson / ReutersTesla CEO Elon Musk has slept in multiple locations at the company's vehicle assembly plant this year.

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk slept on the floor of the company's vehicle assembly plant because he wanted to suffer more than any other employee during the troubled production ramp-up for the Model 3 sedan, Bloomberg reports.
  • Musk also told Bloomberg that, at one point, he wore the same clothes for five consecutive days.
  • Other media outlets have reported that Musk has slept under his desk and on a couch at the Fremont plant this year as the company faced what Musk called "production hell" for the Model 3.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk slept on the floor of the company's vehicle assembly plant in Fremont, California, because he wanted to suffer more than any other employee during the troubled production ramp-up for the Model 3 sedan, Bloomberg reports.

"I feel like I have a great debt to the people of Tesla," Musk told Bloomberg. "The reason I slept on the floor was not because I couldn't go across the road and be at a hotel. It was because I wanted my circumstances to be worse than anyone else at the company. Whenever they felt pain, I wanted mine to be worse."

Musk also told Bloomberg that, at one point, he wore the same clothes for five consecutive days and compared his circumstances to those at General Motors, where he said executives used a designated elevator to avoid contact with other employees.

"Typical Elon, deflecting from the real issue, which is the ability to mass-produce at scale and with quality," a GM representative told Bloomberg.

Other media outlets have reported that Musk has slept under his desk and on a couch at the Fremont plant this year as the company faced what Musk called "production hell" for the Model 3.

Tesla struggled to ramp up production for the Model 3 since it was launched in July 2017, twice missing deadlines for its goal of producing 5,000 per week. In May 2016, Musk said he estimated the company would make between 100,000 and 200,000 Model 3s during the second half of 2017. However, Tesla only made 2,685 Model 3 vehicles in 2017.

On July 2, the company said it made 5,031 Model 3s during the final week of June and 28,578 during the second quarter, more than it had made in the prior three quarters combined.

You can read Bloomberg's full story here.

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