Tesla Model 3 Moves to 24/7 Production

Tesla to push for 6000 Model 3 cars per week by end-June, Musk says

It is the second time since February that Tesla has halted its production line for the Model 3 at its Fremont, California plant, reports the Guardian.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has come up with the idea of manufacturing Model 3 cars with a much higher rate than before to meet the company's production target.

There was no guarantee 5000 cars would be rolling off the production line every week by the end of June, but investor communications said the next quarter will lay the "groundwork" for the "long-sought ideal combination of high volume, good gross margin and strong positive operating cash flow".

Musk had admitted that "excessive automation" at the Tesla plant had contributed to what he calls "manufacturing hell" and had actually slowed down manufacturing of the crucial mass-market model.

Either way, Tesla has orders for an estimated 400,000 Model 3s from customers who can't take delivery, because their cars haven't been built.

Automotive sectors analysts dispute Mr. Musk's analysis, which hinges on a rapid rise in production of the Model 3 sedan. The company announced Monday that it would be pausing production of the electric vehicle once again for "planned downtime" while it works to improve automation. Tesla's general assembly, body, and paint teams will all add a third shift and require more people.

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The announcement comes a day after Tesla temporarily suspended its Model 3 assembly line as the firm struggled to deliver on targets. For starters, Model 3 production (before the shutdown) stood at around 2,000 units per week earlier this month.

"Another set of upgrades starting in late May should be enough to unlock production capacity of 6,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June", Musk wrote, according to Electrek.

The company said the move was a planned production pause of up to five days.

The automatic blog Jalopnik had first published Elon Musk's email on Tuesday and the authencity was confirmed by sources.

Weeks following a crash that claimed the life of Model X owner Walter Huang, Tesla's response to the event continues to create controversy for the automaker and its Autopilot system.Huang, 38, .

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