Tesla To Halt Fremont Production For Six Days To Cure Model 3 Woes

Tesla will halt production at its factory in Fremont, California in an attempt to fix its Model 3 assembly line.

Reuters reports that the stoppage is scheduled for May 26-31. The electric automaker had previously warned of 10 days of shutdowns this quarter to fix bottlenecks that are slowing Model 3 production.

Elon Musk has admitted that an over-reliance on robots has complicated the task of curing these bottlenecks. The outspoken chief executive says the upgrades to the production line will allow Tesla to build 6000 Model 3s per week by the end of June. Earlier this week, Musk told employees that a rate of 3500 units per week could be hit as soon as this week.

This isn’t the first time Tesla has stopped production at its Fremont plant to work on upgrades. In fact, the facility was briefly shut down in April and before that, closed for a handful of days in February.

In Tesla’s bid to meet demand for the Model 3, it is now operating three shifts on general assembly for the entry-level electric sedan. Those assembling the external shell of the car are working in two 12-hour shifts.

With over 400,000 pre-orders for the Model 3 and a selection of new variants around the corner, Tesla has a long way to go before proving it can be a volume manufacturer.

  • Merc1

    You’re literally buying an experimental car with this thing. Crap quality and each one has a different set of issues. Innovative powertrain, yes. Junk build, yes.

    M

    • Dr Strangefingger

      And when things go wrong or break with a Tesla, the CEO is always quick to blame YOU and the world before admitting any fault. What a brand!!!!

      • TheBelltower

        When you drive your car through the wall of a shopping center or into a fire engine, sure. I’ve taken my Model X in twice for things that have gone wrong. They didn’t blame me either time. But then again, I didn’t go making a statement to the press that it wasn’t my fault either.

    • Brent Morrison

      They don’t test these extensively in the real world before mass production. They make you pay and do the work for them.

      • Adilos Nave

        It’s tech bro culture. Release products/software that haven’t been tested much at all with the intent of pushing updates later on down the road. Of course, this is AFTER you’ve received money from the customer. This is what irks me the most about Tesla. Cars are not a phone. People die if the products haven’t been thoroughly tested and unfortunately for them, this process takes years. They are skipping this extremely critical phase of product development. The customer should not be a product tester, pure and simple.

        • SQLGeek

          No, not tech bro culture. I’ve got 25+ years in enterprise tech as a sr. database architect in the bay area. Companies like SAP, EDS, LoudCloud, etc. And none ever did this. Sure, some QA is missed as we can’t predict every real-world condition, but Tesla throws most over the fence and lets the users do the testing. On public roads.

          What I do find funny is I worked for a company in the bay area that was from South Africa. They were called Live Technology. A bunch of guys that worked together, lived together and drank like fish together. All from South Africa. And the CEO was JUST like Elon. He’d be in the other room, demoing to VCs, while we were in a different room working on the app he was showing. It was unreal. He ended up getting all of his VC funding pulled because he couldn’t stay focused on one company idea. Just like Elon can’t.

          • benT

            Except Musk has been doing it for 12+ years successfully right up to yesterday and on into tomorrow.

    • Jay D

      Last part couldn’t be more true.

    • benT

      Occasionally I talk thru my sphinctre too !!

      • LWOAP

        You always talk through your sphincter.

  • LWOAP

    Oh look, another production delay for the Model 3. It’s like once a month with this company. I’m starting to think these production delays are causing even more production delays down the road because of the back orders for customers who are still waiting to receive their Model 3.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    You know, I admired Musk for taking on this monumental task but he has said in several interviews that robots and AI are dangerous to the human race. Then why the hell did he make robots and AI the dominant means with the production of the most CRUCIAL model they’ve ever built? It makes no sense.

  • daveman1

    More “woes” clickbait.
    Every OEM stops production lines routinely to make improvements. Interestingly, it looks like they are now at 3500/wk BEFORE this scheduled upgrade to the line.

    • LWOAP

      Interestingly, it looks like they are now at 3500/wk BEFORE this scheduled upgrade to the line.

      *CITATION NEEDED

      It’s now the best selling EV in the world

      Not according to Jato Dynamics.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/517554b3ec62bf9a504434dfeda2b146e060e3f2452b6ebd26efa00427809d88.jpg

      • daveman1

        Jan-Feb is ancient history in Model 3 ramp.
        Tesla is saying they are now at ~3500/week. Let’s call it 3000/week, and assume it does not increase at all in the next 2 months.
        3000 x 8wks =24,000 units

        And then there’s the technical comparison of BAIC EC vs. Model 3

  • So how exactly are Tesla expected to make improvements to the production line without stopping it?! Isn’t this a positive story?

  • DinkSinger

    This shutdown is reportedly not just to address bottlenecks but to add the all wheel drive and Performance versions of the Model 3 to those currently available. As you may have heard, Tesla needs to improve cash flow. Those two options will generate a lot more profit per car delivered. The Performance option on a Model S adds $32,700, 30%, to the price of the 100D which already has standard AWD. AWD is needed for Performance and on the Model 3 most likely will be priced at about $5,000. That will bring the price of a fully loaded Model 3 without the performance option to about $64,000. Tack on 30% for the Performance option and it is an $83,200 automobile. Tack on the full $32,700 and it’s a $96,700 automobile.

  • smartacus

    management “flattening”
    is working like a charm

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