The Tesla Model 3 production rate still remains a mystery just a few weeks away from the automaker’s goal of reaching a production of 2,500 units per week.
Now the company confirms that it recently had a 4-day stoppage at both Fremont factory and Gigafactory 1 to update the production lines for the new electric car.
A Tesla spokesperson told Bloomberg about the downtime yesterday:
“Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1. 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.”
The automaker has previously discussed one of those bottlenecks – saying that the most important one is battery module production at Gigafactory 1.
They are currently operating automated lines that are reportedly not functioning properly and therefore, they have to rely on “semi-automated lines” that require more manual labor.
‘Tesla Grohman’ built a new automated battery module line in Germany, which is supposed to arrive in Nevada this month, said Tesla CTO JB Straubel during a call with analysts last month.