10 January 2018
Tesla Model 3 production has been paused for a few days, as the company has made plans to adjust its equipment in order to increase production rates of the vehicle.
The company stated that any downtime is normal when it begins to ramp up its production of a new vehicle. The company added that additional downtime could also occur over the next few months. Tesla stated that it aims to reach a weekly production rate of 2,500 for sedans by March-end and 5,000 by June-end.
“Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1. These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates,” a Tesla spokesperson.
Tesla’s Model 3 cars are built near San Jose, California. The batteries powering the electronic cars are manufactured at the Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, near Reno, Nevada.
The company stated that it plans to achieve those goals, “our prior experience on the Model 3 ramp has demonstrated the difficulty of accurately forecasting specific production rates at specific points in time.”
“We are taking many actions to systematically address bottlenecks and add capacity in places like the battery module line where we have experienced constraints, and these actions should result in our production rate significantly increased during the rest of (the first quarter) and through (the second quarter),” the company said.