Tesla Motors claims it has successfully ramped up production of its pivotal Model 3 sedan during the summer, fulfilling CEO Elon Musk's pledge to work out the manufacturing problems that had raised questions about the electric car maker's future prospects.
But there are questions over how successful the company really is after a group of internet sleuths found various lots and garages in California, New Jersey, Arizona and Utah where Tesla cars have been found parked up in large numbers.
Tesla had been regularly missing its production goals while amassing huge losses, fueling doubts about its ability to expand from its niche of making luxury sports cars powered by electricity to become a major automaker.
Ariel photos have been released that show hundreds of Tesla's parked up in several locations
Several locations around the country contain parking lots full of the Tesla cars. A lot in Lathrop, California is pictured here
One customer demanded to know where her new Tesla was. The frustration only grew after she saw hundreds of them parked up in a lot in Salt, Lake City, Utah
Elon Musk tweeted that there were problems with delivering cars to customers following this angry Tweet from a customer
The company announced Tuesday that it produced 80,142 vehicles in the third quarter, marking a 50 percent increase over the previous quarter and when the company hit its target for the first time in the last week of June, some questioned whether the feat was sustainable.
But it appears that there are other problems facing the company. Since July, Tesla has been parking anywhere from a couple of dozen to a few hundred cars at a lot in Burbank, California.
It's a similar story in the town of Lathrop near San Francisco where Tesla has 400 cars at an industrial site according to the New York Times.
Hundreds more have been located in in Antioch, northeast of San Fran.
Last week, the newspaper reported that another batch of 100 Model 3s cars in Bellevue, Washington with further batches in Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.
The company has refused to comment on the reason for the surplus other than to say there were delivery problems at one stage
Some have suggested the full lots are because demand for Teslas isn't a great as the company advertises
Internet sleuths have taken to sending up drones and even flown in private planes to snap pictures of the parking lots containing dozens of the parked-up Teslas
The vehicles, which have all been parked on private property, have been uncovered by amateur detectives many of whom have flown drones over the parking lots to take pictures of the sitting cars.
Another ended up taking to the skies in a private plane to snap hi-res photos from the air before posting them on Twitter.
The sleuths are betting that Tesla's share price will fall and suggest Elon Musk has not been truthful about the company's current situation, particularly its sales numbers.
The existence of such massive lots full of cars are likely proof that something is amiss at the company.
A Tesla spokesman, Dave Arnold, said by email to the Times that the large lots of vehicles were 'logistics transit hubs' and added, 'Anyone observing those lots will see a change from one day to the next.'
One photographer took to the skies in order to capture the cast numbers of cars sitting idle
Tesla Inc. vehicles sit in a parking lot outside of a newly constructed production tent at the company's manufacturing facility in Fremont, California
Tesla delivered 83,500 vehicles in the third quarter, which is more than 80 percent of the vehicles that it delivered all of last year - but then why are so many of the cars going nowhere?
Production increases are something Musk worked nearly to exhaustion to achieve.
He has publicly said he has been working as much as 120 hours per week and sometimes even slept on Tesla's factory floor in Fremont, California, to oversee the efforts to make more cars. The company even built a heavy-duty tent to add space to make more Model 3s.
But doubts remain whether the company can continue