Tesla has temporarily suspended its Model 3 assembly line as Elon Musks electric auto firm struggles to deliver on targets, the media reported on Tuesday.
Tesla produced 9,766 Model 3s in the first quarter and missed a goal to build 2,500 of the sedans in the last week of March.
Tesla's use of robots to assemble Model 3s had led to more complexity and delays, which billionaire Chief Executive Elon Musk acknowledged on Friday in a tweet: "Excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake". A temporary shutdown that will allow Tesla "to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks to increase production rates", according to USA Today. "This means that we will be adding another shift to general assembly, body and paint", Musk wrote in an internal email obtained by Electrek. Upon seeing the conditions that Musk was putting himself through, Sullins opened up a GoFundMe campaign to get it swapped out for something more suited to the strenuous work the CEO has been putting in.
CBS This Morning took a tour of the esteemed entrepreneur's office in Fremont, where it was revealed that Musk had been resting on a couch during his tireless nights exploring solutions to the Telsa Model 3, which has since had its entire production paused.
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Musk has big goals for Model 3 production.
"Another set of upgrades starting in late May should be enough to unlock production capacity of 6,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June", he added. It was planned by them when the production started that manufacturing of 5,000 cars a week will be done in 2017. The push follows production problems at the factory that have kept the company from meeting its manufacturing targets and worrying investors.
Weeks following a crash that claimed the life of Model X owner Walter Huang, Tesla's response to the event continues to create controversy for the automaker and its Autopilot system.Huang, 38, .
In the "profit" section of the leaked email, Musk said that Tesla is now at a point in which it will strive to be profitable.