Electric car manufacturer Telsa has halted production of its Model 3 for the second time in 2018.
According to an article published on Buzzfeed, the company is temporarily shutting down production at its Fremont, California assemble line… again.
Tesla announced a shutdown back in February 2018. At that time the company said the shutdown was meant to increase output. This new shutdown came without any warnings, a Tesla employee told Buzzfeed.
During the temporary shutdown, employees can use the time off as vacation days or simply stay home without pay. Tesla is also offering paid work to a small number of employees elsewhere in the factory.
The pause in Model 3 production is a move towards improving automation. Tesla appears to be facing production issues with the Model 3. Only a few days ago, CEO Elon Musk tweeted, “Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated.”
So it would appear that the temporary shutdown is for restructuring its assemble line, getting more humans throughout for faster production.
Over the past six months Tesla has been faced with issues meeting its production goals.
Musk said that the company would be manufacturing 2,500 cars a week by the end of Q1 2018. However, the company was only making 2,000 per week by that date.
Tesla’s current goal is to have 5,000 cars off the assemble line per week by the end of Q2 2018. Hopefully with the restructuring the company will be able to meet it’s goals and avoid future shutdowns.