A huge batch of refreshed Tesla Model S units were spotted at the company’s Fremont factory last week, and a new update suggests that they could be related to a huge logistical and supply chain issue.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Tesla is undergoing an issue at its Fremont factory from a supply chain-induced problem, effectively placing between 10,000 and 20,000 electric vehicles (EVs) in a “containment hold” and delaying their delivery to customers (via electrek).
While Tesla did not say what the specific issue was, an unknown part is missing according to the sources, though it’s something that can be easily fixed by Tesla’s service team.
Tesla to Pay $1 Million Fine for Air Quality Violations at Fremont Factory https://t.co/wISALptnoB
— TeslaNorth.com (@RealTeslaNorth) May 10, 2021
The logistical containment issue at Tesla Fremont may lead to a more hectic-than-normal end-of-quarter delivery push, despite already making major gains nearing each quarter’s end due to its ownership of its own distribution network.
But according to @SawyerMerritt, his sources say the situation at Fremont is “not as serious as it sounds.”
I just spoke to multiple sources and based on what they told me, at least for now, it's not as serious as it sounds. We'll see how things unfold in the coming days/weeks. https://t.co/hrbx8ZWd6G
— Sawyer Merritt ?? (@SawyerMerritt) May 18, 2021
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said last month that the company was having major supply chain issues, and other companies around the world have been facing an ongoing semiconductor chip shortage.
While some of the EVs will still be stored at delivery centers, because they do not have room for them all at the Fremont site and they also are able to perform the fix beyond just the factory.