Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an e-mail to all employees on Thursday urging them to volunteer to help out with deliveries, no matter their role.
However, the company is making do with fewer hands than it had to help at the fourth quarter of 2018.
Tesla recently made deep cuts to its workforce with layoffs in January, and some store closures following that. Even more store closures are yet to come, but the company has said it is still evaluating which locations should remain.
A Tesla spokesperson said that as of the week of March 4, the company employed more than 40,000 people. In its 2018 annual report, Tesla said it had 48,817 employees. The company has not disclosed exactly how many people it has laid off this year.
Last September, Musk acknowledged Tesla's problems had shifted to delivery logistics from production delays. He said in a tweet then, responding to a customer upset over delivery delays: "Sorry, we've gone from production hell to delivery logistics hell, but this problem is far more tractable. We're making rapid progress. Should be solved shortly."
But in the e-mail to all employees on Thursday, the CEO painted Tesla's delivery problem as a "good one to have." He wrote, "This is the biggest wave in Tesla's history, but it is primarily a function of our first delivery of mass manufactured cars on two continents simultaneously, and will not be repeated in subsequent quarters."