The very recent production stop should last between four and five days, during which workers were expected to use vacation days or stay home without pay.


This is starting to look like some kind of publicity stunt, but we doubt that it actually is. After months of problems with production bottlenecks and delays at production of Tesla Model 3 – company is reporting them from the very beginning of it back in July 2017 – it looked like, things are finally, where they should be. Only few days ago American company reported that they would reach the goal of assembling 5.000 cars per week by the end of the year. Mid-term goal of 2.500 cars made per week should on the other hand be reached by the end of June.

This week however, according to Reuters press agency, production of Model 3 in Fairmont, California was shut down again for the second time since February. This time, the reason for the halt is supposed to be within the production itself, as it primarily relying on robots with putting too little focus on human workforce.

"Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated," wrote Elon Musk on Friday on his Twitter account.

In his defense, Tesla's representative also stressed out, that such short shut downs like the last one (which should last around four to five days) are a part of production optimization. "These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates," said the representative in official statement in Monday.

April 17, 2018 Driving photo: Tesla

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