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Tesla halts production of Model 3 to iron out issues

“These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates,” a Tesla spokesperson said.
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The Model 3 is Tesla’s first mass-market vehicle

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has suspended production of the Model 3 mass-market electric vehicle to resolve some of the problems that have held the company back from meeting its targets.

The carmaker said the assembly line will be put on hold for up to five days.

"These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates," said a Tesla spokesperson.

READ: Blame it on the 'bots: Tesla's Musk says Model 3 production lagging on 'excessive automation'

It is the second time since February that the group has suspended production for the Model 3 at its Fremont, California plant to iron out problems with production.

In February, Tesla halted production for four days, again saying it was trying to improve automation and address bottlenecks. 

Chief executive Elon Musk recently confessed that excessive automation at the plant had slowed down production of the Model 3.

"We had this crazy, complex network of conveyor belts ... And it was not working, so we got rid of that whole thing,” Musk told CBS.

The group produced 2,000 Model 3s per week in the first quarter, falling short of its target of 2,500 per week.

However, Tesla continues to expect it will meet its target of 5,000 per week by the end of the second quarter.

The Model 3 is Tesla’s first mass-market vehicle with a starting price of US$35,000.

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