Tesla Pauses Model 3 Production Line at Fremont Factory for Two Weeks: Bloomberg

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According to Bloomberg, Tesla has halted some of its Model 3 production lines at its Fremont factory in California, for a period of two weeks:

Tesla Inc. told workers it will temporarily halt some production at its car-assembly plant in California for about two weeks, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Staff on a Model 3 production line in Fremont were told their line would be down from Feb. 22 until March 7, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The workers were told they would be paid for Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 and not paid for Feb. 28, March 1, 2 and 3. They were advised to take vacation time, if they had it.

The story corroborates details of the Fremont plant shutdown first reported by @SawyerMerritt on Wednesday.

“It’s unclear which lines have been shut down, but at least some Model 3 line workers have been sent home for 2 weeks. In general, the M3 workers have been instructed to make 800 M3’s per day. Some of the sources told me there is a potential part shortage from a supplier,” said Merritt.

Tesla noted last month it’s trying to combat the global semiconductor shortage on operations, but still expects its worldwide deliveries to increase by over 50% in 2021.

Winter storms and power shortages in Texas caused Samsung to temporarily halt production at its semiconductor plant in Austin, Texas, last week. The plant shutdown is wreaking havoc on the auto industry and Samsung is also a supplier for Tesla, producing HW 3.0 chips for the EV maker.

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