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Tesla took a drastic step in February to fix Model 3 production woes

by Danny Zepeda | March 12, 2018March 12, 2018 3:30 pm PDT

Making an affordable EV that’s mass produced has proven to be a tough task for Tesla. Multiple problems have plagued the production of the Model 3, from chronic delays to bottlenecks shortening the output of cars produced. To combat this, last month Tesla took drastic steps to resolving the issues by completely shutting down production of the Model 3 for five days.

First reported by Bloomberg, Tesla halted production of the Model 3 at its Fremont assembly plant in California from February 20 to 24. Production then resumed on February 25. Tesla says the move is part of a planned scheduled shut down to alleviate production.

“Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1,” relayed a Tesla spokesperson. “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.”

Tesla may be saying one thing, but its Model 3 production woes say another. Tesla cannot make enough Model 3s to satisfy demand and it keeps falling behind more and more, resulting in more delays and bottlenecks.

Up until now, every production goal set forth by Elon Musk has not been met. The most recent one of ramping up Model 3 production to 5,000 units per week was delayed from March to June. Given the way things are going, the June goal will also be delayed.

Will the delay help Model 3 production woes? Tesla seems to think so. We’re just hoping that at the very least, Tesla can get on top of the shoddy build quality early Model 3 units have displayed.

Bloomberg

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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