Te­sla taps the bra­kes on Mo­del 3 pro­ducti­on

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Te­sla Mo­tors hal­ted the Mo­del 3 pro­ducti­on li­nes at its spra­w­ling F­re­mont fac­to­ry last week for the se­cond ti­me this y­e­ar. Ac­cor­ding to the com­pa­ny, the pau­se was tem­po­ra­ry, ex­pected to last four to fi­ve days.

The pro­ducti­on shut­do­wn ca­me short­ly af­ter Te­sla re­por­ted first-quar­ter 2018 pro­ducti­on vo­lu­mes for the Mo­del 3, Mo­del S and Mo­del X.

At the end of March, Mo­del 3 mo­dels had just be­gun to roll off the li­ne at the plan­ned 2 000plus week­ly ra­te. Te­sla af­fir­med in the quar­ter­ly sta­te­ment it s­till held to its long-pro­mi­sed go­al of 5 000 cars per week pro­ducti­on go­al and said it would hit the tar­get by the end of the se­cond quar­ter.

Or­ders pla­ced in the US on the Te­sla web­si­te by mid-A­pril, will be de­li­ver­ed by la­te 2018, ac­cor­ding to the com­pa­ny’s on­li­ne or­de­ring in­for­ma­ti­on. The com­pa­ny says pro­ducti­on of rig­ht-hand dri­ves will start in 2019.

The Te­sla Mo­del 3 e­lec­tric car was the top sel­ler in A­me­ri­ca for the first three mont­hs of 2018, but pro­ducti­on pro­blems seem to per­sist, with in­du­stry ob­ser­vers and com­pe­ti­tors kee­ping up their scru­tiny of the com­pa­ny.

Te­sla re­por­ted that Mo­del 3 de­li­ve­ries ad­ded up to 8 180 in the first quar­ter of 2018, in­cre­a­sing from 1 550 cars de­li­ver­ed in the last quar­ter of 2017. Te­sla lis­ts pro­ducti­on num­bers se­pa­ra­te­ly from de­li­ve­ries and said 9 766 Mo­del 3s we­re pro­du­ced in the first three mont­hs of the y­e­ar.

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