It’s no secret that Tesla has been facing problems in manufacturing its mass-market electric car, the Model 3. The company has a massive backlog of orders that it has to fill but it has been unable to do that due to production bottlenecks. It has already missed several targets and as the waiting list continues to grow, the company has temporarily stopped production of the Model 3.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has pushed for “excessive automation” at the company’s plant and he recently acknowledged that this is one of the reasons why the company is behind schedule on the Model 3. Tesla has been using a complex network of robots for producing the Model 3 and in some cases, they have actually slowed down the process.
Tesla has confirmed that it has paused production of the Model 3 for 4-5 days at its assembly plant in Fremont, California. It’s not because something has gone wrong, though, because Tesla says that this downtime is a planned shutdown to address some bottlenecks. It’s similar to the shutdown in February and according to Tesla, it also won’t have an effect on its current production target for the Model 3.
“These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates. This is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this,” said a spokesperson for the company.