Tesla Holiday Shut Down: Model S, Model X Production Lines Going Quiet for 18 Days

Tesla has sent an email to its employees to let them know of Model S and Model X production lines shutting down for the holidays.

According to an email obtained by CNBC, Tesla says Model S/X production lines will shut down from December 24 to January 11, 2021.

The Tesla email is below:

Subject: S/X Holiday Shutdown

Hi Team,

The SX lines will be shut down for the holidays starting Dec. 24th and returning Jan. 11th.

We would like you to take the opportunity to refresh or spend time with your family, so Tesla will be giving you a full week pay for the week of Jan. 4th. There will also be limited paid opportunities for you to support other shops or volunteer for deliveries during some of this time.

Dec. 23rd – last day of work before shutdown

Dec. 24th-25th – Paid holidays*

Dec. 28th-30th – Unpaid time off (may use PTO**), support deliveries or other shops.

Dec. 31st-Jan. 1st – Paid Holiday*

Jan. 4th – 8th – Paid time off (40 hours)

Jan. 11th – return to work

If you would like to volunteer for deliveries for Dec. 26th — Dec. 31st, or support other shops from Dec. 28th – Dec. 30th, please use the survey below to let us know your preference. We will do our best to accommodate your requests, but preferences are not guaranteed and will be granted on a first come first serve basis.

Tesla says it is encouraging staff to “refresh or spend time with your family”, while also give an extra full week’s pay.

There’s some speculation a Model S and Model X design refresh may come out of this shutdown, as current delivery timelines are 2-3 weeks for Long Range Plus, and 8-12 weeks for Performance Model S configurations in the U.S.

As for Model X, delivery is slated for 8-12 weeks in the U.S. for both Long Range Plus and Performance Models.

If Tesla was going to have a major refresh for Model S and Model X, one would think Elon Musk would want to hold a special event for an unveil.

Given the short holiday period, it will definitely be impressive if Tesla can pull off a refresh in such a short span of time. But for now, we’re going to just take this for what it is—an extended holiday for staff, since Model S and Model X demand probably isn’t as high as it is for the more affordable Model 3 and Model Y.