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Tesla shut down Model 3 production for four days in late February, according to a report.
A Tesla spokesperson told Bloomberg:
“Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1. These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates. This is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this.”
Tesla has said in the past that bottlenecks are mostly attributed to battery module production at Gigafactory 1. Also, some of the automaker’s automated manufacturing lines are reportedly being reworked, requiring more manual labor until a fix is in place.
Tesla has struggled to hit its publicly stated goals for the Model 3. CEO Elon Musk tweeted last year that the company would be able to start producing 20,000 Model 3s a month in December. The company managed to produce just 2,425 Model 3s in Q4.
The company is currently targeting a weekly Model 3 production rate of 2,500 cars by the end of this month and 5,000 by the end of June.