Firm skirmishes to reach targets for mass-market electric car after reeling from excess automation and organizing pressure
Tesla has temporarily suspended its Model 3 assembly line as Elon Musk’s electric car firm strives to deliver on targets.
The company said the move was a planned yield interrupt of up to five days. It is the second time since February that Tesla has halted its production line for the Model 3 at its Fremont, California plant.
” These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production paces ,” said a Tesla spokesperson.
The shutdown took Tesla staff at the weed by surprise, forcing them to use vacation days or stay at home without pay, according to reports from BuzzFeed.
Tesla suspended production processes its Model 3 for four epoches in February in what the company said was planned work to improve automation and address bottlenecks. It warning against maybe more periods of downtime in coming months.
Car manufacturers generally stop or slow production processes new prototypes when ironing out problems with production. Tesla took shortcuts with testing of its production line in order to get to market more quickly, which some experts say have resulted in early inventing problems.
Musk recently acknowledged that” excess automation” at the Tesla plant had contributed to what he calls” manufacturing hell” and had actually slowed down manufacturing of the crucial mass-market model.
” We had this crazy, complex network of conveyor belts … And it was not working, so we got rid of that whole happening ,” Musk told CBS.
The electric car firm has repeatedly missed targets and is now trying to reach a production volume of 2,500 vehicles per week. Musk recently said Tesla was controlling to realise 2,000 Model 3s a week, but failed to assuage little doubt the company reaching its 5,000 -a-week target in three months time.
Musk tweeted on Friday that Tesla would be profitable and cash flow positive in the third largest and fourth one-quarters, with no need to raise money.
Many specialists dispute this analysis, which hinges on a rapid rise in production of the Model 3 sedan. Defers and lower-than-expected volume have postponed income from gondolas being delivered to customers from contacting Tesla’s bottom line.