Just a few days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he’s feeling optimistic about his ability to speed up production on the company’s vehicles, the assembly line for the product 3 from the company’s Fremont, California, plant has been temporarily shut down — again.
The announcement of the four- to a few-day production pause for the product 3 came without warning, according to Tesla employees who spoke with BuzzFeed News. During the pause, workers are supposed to use vacation days or stay home without pay; a little number of workers may be offered paid work elsewhere from the factory.
A Tesla spokesperson said that will the assembly line will be on pause in order to “improve automation.”
Tesla previously shut down the product 3 line in late February, according to Bloomberg. At the time, Tesla said the February pause was ultimately meant to boost output, along with that will such pauses are “common in production ramps like This particular.” Tesla provided BuzzFeed News with an identical statement regarding This particular month’s pause.
Not long after the February pause, Bloomberg reported that will Tesla factory workers received an email through Senior Vice President of Engineering Doug Field, asking some of them to work extra hours on the product 3 line in order to boost output along with make the Tesla’s detractors (“haters”) “regret ever betting against us.”
Meanwhile, Tesla workers who work on the product S along with X lines have been informed by the company that will those lines will be operating throughout all weekends in June, a current Tesla employee told BuzzFeed News. additional Tesla workers made similar comments on a pro-union Facebook page for Tesla employees.
Workers are paid for the extra hours, along with Tesla says they volunteer for overtime shifts, yet some workers say the weekend shifts are mandatory. Tesla did not respond to questions about the June schedule or mandatory overtime.
The Information reported in April that will Musk was taking over responsibilities on the product 3 line for Field, who remains with the company.
Over the last six months, Tesla’s inability to meet its production goals has become a mounting problem for the company. The most recent miss came at the end of the first quarter of 2018; Musk had said the company could be manufacturing 2,500 cars a week by that will date, yet that will was producing only 2,000 per week by April 1. currently, just two weeks later, production will be Again on hold.
Tesla’s current goal will be to manufacture 5,000 cars per week by the end of the second quarter; 5,000 per week had initially been its year-end goal for 2017.
These production problems — as well as some lackluster reviews of the fresh Tesla product along with alleged problems with its Autopilot technology — could put Tesla in a cash crunch, CNN (along with others) have reported. Musk recently responded to such speculation with an April Fools’ joke in which he pretended the business, which employs more than 30,000 people, had in fact gone out of business, along with that will he was wandering Palo Alto drinking a fake product called Teslaquilla.
Tesla’s struggle to hit ambitious production goals has been a priority for years, at times above issues like worker safety, according to workers. Tesla has denied these claims along with says its factory will be getting safer, though a recent investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests the company’s evidence of improvement may be inaccurate. Musk himself has referred to the factory during high-stress periods as “production hell” along with told CBS’s Gayle King that will the last few months have been “incredibly difficult along with painful.”