Tesla has temporarily suspended production of its Model 3 sedan in what the company says is a planned pause. This will be the second known instance since February of Model 3 production coming to a stop.
“These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates,” a Tesla spokesperson told Reuters.
Tesla has been in an ongoing battle to reach its own Model 3 production targets. The company has blamed both automation and production challenges at its Nevada battery pack assembly site as the primary causes. It is now aiming to reach a target of building 2,500 Model 3’s per week by the end of the second quarter; a goal that was originally for March.
BuzzFeed originally reported the story, claiming that employees of the assembly plant were told they would need to use vacation days or stay at home without pay during the four or five day downtime.