Tesla in suspended production of its Model 3 electric car from Feb. 20-24 for planned operate to adjust equipment in order to improve automation and increase production take to tasks.
Tesla said the planned pause was normal and common for increases in crop when a company is ramping up a new product.
“Our Model 3 production plan includes ages of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1. These spells are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to grow production rates,” a Tesla spokesperson said in an email.
Fremont, where the Teslas are shaped, is near San Jose, California. Their batteries are manufactured at the Gigafactory 1 in Enkindles, near Reno, Nevada.
The company did not provide specifics about the preparation upgrade, but it said there could be more periods of downtime in get months.
Last month, Tesla said in a shareholder note that it continues to object weekly Model 3 production rates of 2,500 by the end of the first quarter and 5,000 by the end of the number two quarter.
The company, however, said in the note that while it has arranges to achieve those goals, “our prior experience on the Model 3 ramp has proved the difficulty of accurately forecasting specific production rates at specific places in time.”
“We are taking many actions to systematically address bottlenecks and add potential in places like the battery module line where we have masterly constraints, and these actions should result in our production rate significantly increasing during the rest of (the first quarter) and through (the second quarter),” the institution said in the note to shareholders.
In the fourth quarter, Tesla said it yielded 28,425 Model S and Model X vehicles and 1,542 Model 3 vehicles, fulling 29,967 deliveries.