Tesla temporarily halts Model 3 production

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Tesla will temporarily suspend Model 3 production as part of planned downtime for the assembly line, according to the company.

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The brief production halt at the Fremont, California, facility is the second since February, as Tesla looks to accelerate its output of the new Model 3 all-electric sedan.

A Tesla spokesperson said the electric car maker’s production plan for the Model 3 incudes planned downtime in Fremont and at Gigafactory 1 battery plant.

“These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates,” the spokesperson added.

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The production halt was first reported by Buzzfeed, citing Tesla employees. Model 3 production will be suspended for a period of about four to five days, the report said. Production of the Model S sedan and Model X SUV will continue during the Model 3’s shutdown.

Tesla has struggled to meet ambitious growth targets for Model 3 production. The company doubled its weekly production rate in the first quarter, although it fell short of its plan to build 2,500 Model 3 units per week. Tesla continues to target a weekly production rate of 5,000 Model 3s by the end of the second quarter.

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