SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla Inc. ( TSLA.O ) will halt production at its California plant for six days in late May to work on the assembly of its new model 3 Sedan, sources within the company, Reuters said.
Silicon Valley electric car maker warned that it will be delayed for 10 days during this quarter, delaying series production of the Model 3 sedan, which is crucial to Tesla's long-term viability.
Two sources confirmed to Reuters that the next shutdown on the main assembly line at the plant in Fremont, California, was scheduled for May 26 to 31.
A Tesla spokesman declined to comment.
Tesla has sought to find solutions to production bottlenecks on the new production line that produces the Model 3, a series production sedan. Over-reliance on robots has made this task more difficult, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk confirmed.
Musk, Tesla's billionaire founder, told employees it was "quite likely" that the company would reach 500 models 3 per day or 3,500 per week this week, the automotive news site Electrek reported Tuesday stating an internal e-mail. Mail. Musk also told employees that they should warn him about "specific bottlenecks" in production.
The company shut down the Fremont assembly line for a few days last month and also in February to rework it. The shutdown in April, along with the upcoming one, would add up to the scheduled 10 days shutdown.
Musk said the planned shutdowns should give the company time to upgrade to help it build 6,000 vehicles a week by the end of June. Musk said last month that the company produces 2,000 Model 3 cars a week.
To achieve the goal, Musk said last month that all Model 3 productions would be up and running around the clock. Reuters learned that the teams working at the AGM have already switched in three shifts, a timeline that helps maximize capacity and flexibility.
Teams working on the body of the vehicle – where the body of the car is mounted – work in two 12-hour shifts.
Reporting by Alexandria Sage; Arrangement by Peter Henderson and Leslie Adler