Tesla missing its due dates for Design 3 production targets was refrained from doing on function, rather it was done out of stupidity, CEO Elon Musk stated throughout an interview with ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday.

“Well, I indicate, punctuality is not my strength … Why would individuals believe that if I have actually been late on all the other designs that I ‘d all of a sudden be on time with this one,” Musk stated.

When it was mentioned to him that his critics would call this lying he countered by describing it was in fact stupidity.

“Individuals need to not credit malice that which can quickly be described by stupidity. So it resembles, even if I resemble dumb at forecasting dates does not indicate I am untruthful. I do not understand. I have actually never ever made a mass-produced vehicle. How am I expected to understand with accuracy when it’s going to get done?”

Tesla did make 5,000 Design 3 cars in the recently of June. Nevertheless, it did sporadically produce that numerous cars each week throughout the 3rd quarter. Rather, the business balanced 4,300 design 3 cars and trucks each week throughout the quarter. Tesla has actually still not started production of the $35,000 Design 3, however Musk stated that it needs to be all set in 5 to 6 months.

Increase to the target of 5,000 Design threes each week nearly broke the business, Musk stated throughout the interview.

“It was life or death,” Musk stated. “We were losing $50 million, often $100 million a week, and we were lacking loan.”

It wasn’t till the business developed a 3rd assembly line in a camping tent outside the Fremont factory that the business had the ability to increase production enough to fulfill its target.

“So those wagering versus the business were right by all traditional requirements that we would stop working, however they simply did not depend on this non-traditional scenario of developing an assembly line in a parking area in a camping tent,” Musk stated.

Musk stated this last-minute push with the camping tent increased the business’s output by 50%.

Do you operate at Tesla and have a story to share? Contact this editor at CThompson@BusinessInsider.com.