Tesla has just suspended the activity of several production lines dedicated to Model 3 at its Fremont plant, located in California. The manufacturer did not always explain to employees and the media about the production stoppage.
While Tesla’s shares have just dropped unprecedentedly, the automaker has just closed multiple production lines dedicated to the model 3 at its Fremont plant, located in California. Production is suspended for two weeks, and employees were encouraged to take time off if possible.
“Employees at a Model 3 production line in Fremont have been informed that their line will be closed from February 22 to March 7”, said one of the employees in question to Bloomberg. In order to avoid reprisals, the employee preferred to remain anonymous, and this information should not be left outside the scope of the company. Affected officials were informed that they would be paid on February 22 and 23, not on February 28, March 1, 2 and 3.
For the time being, the manufacturer has not commented on this suspension of production. In fact, all hypotheses are possible. The shortage of components, and more precisely, semiconductors, however, remain the most likely. It must be remembered that many manufacturers have experienced difficulties in obtaining key components, causing the temporary shutdown of several production lines.
This was the case for General Motors, for Ford, Nissan, Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler. Until then, Tesla had passed between falls, even managing to meet its goal of selling nearly 500,000 cars by 2020. This performance also allowed the manufacturer be profitable for the first time since its inception.
Only and as pointed out by the Electrek website, the difficulties faced by Samsung in supplying electronic chips to Tesla (used in particular for the design of on-board computers) finally reached the American company. In fact, the South Korean giant was recently forced to shut down its Austin plant (Texas), after a power outage due to a snowstorm. Inevitably, these delays must have affected Tesla’s production capacity. You will need to wait for an official statement from the manufacturer to be sure.