When your every move makes the news, it’s pretty easy to have a rocky year — and that's exactly what happened to Tesla.
Though founder Elon Musk’s antics on Twitter were often the lead story in 2018, the company’s supply chain difficulties also made headlines. Tesla does not have an average automobile supply chain. They don’t have the same breadth of suppliers as major automakers, and the nature of their funding means supplier relationships are different from the big players in the Midwest.
From supplier bankruptcies to difficulties delivering finished vehicles, the past year was proof that the disruptive car company is still working out the kinks.
But alongside supply chain hiccups, Tesla turned some of its frustrations into new initiatives for the company. Musk pledged to make his own roll-on, roll-off cargo trucks in order to speed up delivery of new Model 3 vehicles. The company has also received multiple orders for its electric Semi truck, set to go into production in early 2019.
The stories below represent one year in Tesla supply chain news. Though investors may have been on a roller coaster this year, Tesla is still pushing the auto industry forward in new and disruptive ways, challenging other makers to keep up.
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