Tesla shuts down Model 3 production for five days amid quality concerns

Tesla shuts down Model 3 production for five days amid quality concerns

Tesla's previous goal has been to reach a 5,000-a-week production target for the Model 3, but Musk indicates he wants to reach 6,000 per week by the end of June. Its price - more affordable - starting $ 35,000, prompted many people to pre-order the model, the company having assured that it would be able to produce 5,000 new cars each week.

Tesla's use of robots to assemble Model 3s has led to more complexity and delays, which Musk acknowledged last week in a tweet: "Excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake".

Tesla's problem-plagued Model 3 sedan is a case in point. It had earlier shuttered the Model 3 line in February "to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates".

To add to the extra shifts, Tesla has made a decision to hire 400 workers a week for several weeks.

FILE PHOTO: First production model of Tesla Model 3 out the assembly line in Fremont, California, U.S.is seen in this undated handout photo from Tesla Motors obtained by Reuters July 10, 2017. Upon seeing the conditions that Musk was putting himself through, Sullins opened up a GoFundMe campaign to get it swapped out for something more suited to the strenuous work the CEO has been putting in.

"Please note that all areas of Tesla and our suppliers will be required to demonstrate a Model 3 capacity of ~6000/week by building 850 sets of vehicle parts in 24 hours no later than June 30th", Musk wrote in the email obtained by Jalopnik, adding that all Model 3 production at Fremont will move to 24/7 operations.

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Workaholic Tesla boss Elon Musk has been working under a lot of stress at work lately, pulling night shifts and sleeping in the office on a cold, cramped sofa.

After a similar shutdown in February, Model 3, about which Tesla released almost the same statement, production did increase.

The company said the move was a planned production pause of up to five days. Tesla Model 3 production has been plagued with battery module assembly problems, as well as steel welding issues, among others.

"I have been disappointed to discover how many contractor companies are interwoven throughout Tesla", Musk writes in the email.

Tesla's fortunes ride on boosting Model 3 output.

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