News Tesla will use six-day shutdown to fix Model 3 assembly line problems

10:41  16 may  2018
10:41  16 may  2018 Source:   autoblog.com

Tesla Model 3 production briefly suspended for planned update

  Tesla Model 3 production briefly suspended for planned update It if boosts production, reservation holders should be excited about it.Tesla idled production at its Model 3 assembly facility in Fremont, California for four days in February. According to Tesla, which confirmed the downtime, it used this time to "improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates," a Tesla spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "This is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this.

Tesla Model 3 production shuts down , stirs up new concerns. This is where the U.S. electric car maker seems to be facing problems . BuzzFeed, which first reported the shutdown , said workers were expected to use vacation days or stay home without pay during the four- to five- day production

The automaker told employees this week there would be a four- or five- day production hiatus. The company says it warned of future production pauses when it shut down the line to improve automation in February . Tesla says shutdowns are common when a new model is launched and will improve

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SAN FRANCISCO – Tesla will pause production at its California factory for six days at the end of the May to work on fixes to its assembly line for its new Model 3 sedan, sources inside the company told Reuters. The Silicon Valley luxury electric car maker previously warned of 10 days of temporary shutdowns this quarter as the company addresses manufacturing problems that have delayed volume production of the Model 3 sedan, which is seen as crucial to Tesla's long-term profitability.

Two sources confirmed to Reuters that the next stoppage on the general assembly line at the Fremont, California, plant was scheduled for May 26-31. A Tesla spokesperson declined to comment.

First Deliveries of $35K Version of Tesla Model 3 Delayed until Late 2018

  First Deliveries of $35K Version of Tesla Model 3 Delayed until Late 2018 <p>The company has little incentive to deliver on its affordability promise any sooner.</p>Tesla has delivered about 10,000 examples of its Model 3 sedans so far but has thus far failed to deliver on one important item that was central to why this model garnered so much hype: its $35,000 base price. First U.S. deliveries of the standard-range (220 mile) version of the Model 3, still expected to start at that price, now aren’t due until “late 2018,” according to Tesla, while dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Model 3 versions are expected to start in what the company terms “mid-2018.

FILE PHOTO: First production model of Tesla Model 3 out the assembly line in Fremont, California , U.S. is seen in this undated The company, however, says the shutdown is intended to resolve some of the problems that have contributed to the numerous delays in getting the cars to hundreds of

Tesla has temporarily suspended its Model 3 assembly line in what the company said on Monday was a planned production pause, as the BuzzFeed, which first reported the news, said workers were expected to use vacation days or stay home without pay during the four- to five- day production pause.

Tesla has been struggling to find solutions to manufacturing bottlenecks on the new assembly line that produces the Model 3, a sedan intended for volume production. An over-reliance on robots has complicated that task, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has acknowledged.

Musk, Tesla's billionaire founder, told employees it was "quite likely" the company would reach a rate of 500 Model 3s per day this week, or 3,500 a week, Electrek reported on Tuesday, citing an internal email. Musk also told staff to alert him of "any specific bottlenecks" on the production line.

The company shut down the Fremont assembly line last month, and also in February, for a few days to rework. The April shutdown, combined with the upcoming one, would add up to the planned 10 days of stoppages. Musk has said the planned stoppages are intended to give the company time to perform upgrades that will help it reach a goal of building 6,000 vehicles per week by the end of June. Musk last month said the company was producing 2,000 Model 3 cars a week.

In order to meet the goal, Musk said last month that all Model 3 production would begin working around the clock. Reuters learned that the teams working on general assembly have already switched to three shifts, a schedule that helps maximize capacity and flexibility. Teams working on the body of the vehicle - where the external shell of the car is assembled - are working in two 12-hour shifts. (Reporting by Alexandria Sage; Editing by Peter Henderson and Leslie Adler)

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