Tesla's Model 3 continues to cause the electric car upstart headaches.
The American electric car maker was forced to shut down production of its Model 3 for several days towards the end of February at its Fremont facility in California.
Tesla claimed that the stoppage was a regular part of production as it streamlines its methods and clears bottlenecks.
“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,” said Tesla in a statement.
The latest production issue for the brand's first mainstream vehicle puts a cloud over its ability to reach its short-term goal of producing 2500 vehicles a week by the end of March, 2018, and 5000 a week by the end of the second quarter of this year.
With a rumoured 500,000 pre-orders of the much bally-hooed Model 3 compact electric sedan, the company is a long way behind on delivering its promise of an affordable mass-produced electric car - The Model 3 is expected to be priced from at least $50,000 when it eventually becomes available in Australia - with a number of manufacturing issues in 2017 pushing back the start of customer deliveries – only 220 were delivered in the third quarter of 2017, well short of the 1500 projected.
A report from The Wall Street Journal claimed that components for the Model 3 were being produced by hand as recently as September, 2017, as the production line was yet to become fully operational.
The American marque's enigmatic owner, Elon Musk, even tweeted in October last year that the company was in 'production hell' in regards to the Model 3, and it has also been reported that the company continues to eats through its cash reserves in an attempt to get the cars on the road in a timely and efficient manner.
Reuters reported that Tesla only delivered 1,542 Model 3s in the fourth quarter of 2017, which doesn’t bode well for its future production timeline when coupled with the latest production woes.
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