Tesla temporarily suspends Model 3 production again, the company said on Monday. Just a few days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted to facing challenges the production of its Model 3 assembly line has been temporarily shut down.
The company made the announcement of the four- to five-day production pause for the Model 3 at its Fremont, California plant, according to Tesla employees. Employees may use vacation days or stay home without pay during the production pause.
Before this, Tesla suspended production of its Model 3 for four days in February as it reported was planned work to adjust equipment in order to improve automation and address bottlenecks. After the Model 3 sedan’ second temporary suspension, Tesla is moving forward towards the target of building 2,500 vehicles per week by the end of the second quarter.
“Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake,” Musk tweeted on Friday. “To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated.”
Automakers usually do suspend production of new models to solve some issues, although to reach the market more quickly, Tesla took shortcuts. But some experts say that kind of shortcuts has resulted in early manufacturing problems.
“Traditional automakers adjust bottlenecks on the fly during a launch,” Dave Sullivan, an analyst at AutoPacfic Inc., said. “This is totally out of the ordinary.”
Now, the company is expected to speed up Model 3 production because the output is very important to generate revenue as Tesla has already spent billions of dollars to manufacture, recharge, service and repair more cars.