Tesla has a lot riding on the Model 3. This is the company’s first mass-market electric car that the average consumer will be able to afford. The company is expected to start producing the Model 3 later this year. It was reported yesterday that Tesla was going to start trial production of the Model 3 later this month but there’s a new report now which suggests that the company is only getting its factory ready for the production run currently.
The Verge reports that Tesla has now imminent plans to start manufacturing Model 3 units even if just on trial basis. The company has planned to start production of the Model 3 in July this year and it might very well stick with that timeline.
To get its factory ready for the new vehicle, Tesla is actually going to pause production of the Model S and the Model X to expand the capacity of its paint shop and conduct general maintenance on equipment to get it ready in time for the Model 3.
“Tesla will begin a brief, planned pause in production for a week in February to prepare for Model 3 production,” a spokesperson for the company confirmed in an official statement, adding that this is going to “allow Tesla to begin Model 3 production later this year as planned and enable us to start the ramp towards 500,000 vehicles annually in 2018.”