Digitimes has announced that Tesla is planning to increase production orders for its Model 3, and has given Pegatron Technology orders for control computers, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
US-based Jabil and Taiwan-based Quanta Computer also competed for the order for the control computers, which is reported to have a unit price of more than $1,000.
Sources also pointed out that Tesla had previously manufactured its control computers in house and had only procured motherboards from outside providers. Due to the demand for the Model 3, Tesla has decided to outsource the control computer manufacture.
Tesla also originally outsourced its car-use motherboard orders to Foxconn and Jabil, but after Foxconn turned to China-based players to develop EVs, the orders on Foxconn were moved to Quanta and Pegatron..
Quanta provides Tesla with the motherboards for the Model 3, and these orders are expected to increase.
In March 2016, Tesla announced the Model 3, and by February 2017 orders for the EV reportedly reached nearly 400,000 units. Production for the Model 3 will begin in July 2017 with mass production starting in September 2017.