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Tesla Model 3 on display during LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center
Image: Tesla Model 3 on display during LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Tesla Model 3 Production Temporarily Suspended at February’s End

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Image: Tesla Model 3 on display during LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The trendy electric car company once again put its Model 3 production on temporary hold in February. The production suspension was a planned pause in the creation of the company’s latest electric sedan.

Boosting Production

The temporary Tesla Model 3 production suspension was a planned break at the one automaker plant that makes the cars. The pause ran for a week at the end of February. It was a deliberate hold in manufacturing in order to ultimately boost the rate of production of the vehicle.

The Model 3 production temporarily ceased from February 20 through February 24. It then resumed once more. The electric vehicle is being assembled in a plant located in Fremont, California. Tesla has officially confirmed that the break did indeed take place.

Making Electric Vehicles

At the moment, Tesla is manufacturing a Model S sedan as well as its Model X utility vehicle on top of its most recent Model 3 sedan. They are all assembled at that one location. The batteries for these electric vehicles are made just east of Reno, Nevada at a plant referred to as a Gigafactory.

“Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1,” said a spokesperson from the company. “These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks to increase production rates – this is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this.”

More Cars Per Week

The Tesla Model 3 is meant to represent an important part of Elon Musk’s strategy to bring electric vehicles into the mainstream. It has faced a series of production challenges, including some significant delays. These have included far more issues than had been initially anticipated.

Now that Tesla’s plant is producing vehicles again, its goal is to achieve the assembly of 2,500 Model 3 sedans by the end of this month. By the end of June, the company hopes to have put out 5,000.

“People have told me that my timelines have historically been optimistic,” said Musk in a recent address at the South by Southwest Entertainment Festival in Austin, Texas.

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