Tesla Temporarily Suspends Production of Model 3

Tesla eased off the accelerator in manufacturing its new mass-market electric car as the company faces questions over its ability to make new vehicles in large quantities.

The company has temporarily suspended production of the Model 3 as it remains challenged by problems on the assembly line at its plant in Fremont, Calif.

It’s at least the second time in recent weeks that production has been halted. This time, Tesla said it made the move “to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates.”

The latest hiccup comes after Tesla surprised investors with a rapid improvement in production pace at the end of March, when its output hit 2,000 vehicles per week.

Some industry experts have suggested that CEO Elon Musk’s ambition to adopt advanced automation on the assembly line was misplaced.

“Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated,” Musk said last week on Twitter.

The company declined to say how long production would be stalled but said it’s “not unusual” and “our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Nathan Bomey