Tesla has announced another 3-5 day manufacturing break for the Model 3 assembly line, this time to improve automation. Already in February, Tesla had to resort to similar measures and basically had to stop the lines in Fremont for planned upgrades.
The problem is the same as last time as well; the company is looking to solve bottle-neck situations and general problems. According to a Tesla spokesperson, the pause will be used “to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates.”
According to another report, the employees of the factory also only received very short notice of the break, and will have to take some of their vacation days, or accept unpaid holiday time.
In the first quarter of this year, Tesla constructed 9,766 Model 3, with 2,020 rolling off the assembly line in the last week of March. The initial production goal, has thus been missed, but the manufacturing is starting to ramp up notably. In all of 2017, the company constructed 1,542 Model 3, which is marked by improvement this year.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has also had some interesting words on the subject of automation and production, as he took to Twitter to write that “excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated.” It seems that Teslas futuristic vision was still a little early, or so will the more sceptical carmakers say.
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