A fire broke out at Tesla’s Fremont factory, caused by molten aluminum and hydraulic fluid

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A view of the Tesla’s production facility in Fremont, California.

  • A fire broke out at Tesla’s Fremont, California factory on Thursday.
  • Fremont firefighters brought it under control with the help of Tesla’s fire response team.
  • The fire was caused by “molten aluminum and hydraulic fluid.”
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A fire broke out at Tesla’s Fremont factory in California on Thursday afternoon.

As spotted by CNBC, the Fremont Fire Department said on Facebook that firefighters responded to a “working fire” at the factory at 4:27 p.m. on Thursday.

The fire was caused by “molten aluminum and hydraulic fluid,” it said.

“Located in an area of the factory property that is under construction, the deep-seated fire was contained to a vehicle manufacturing stamping machine,” the department said in its statement.

It said there were no reports of injuries to any Tesla staff or Fremont firefighters.

At the time of its statement, the Fremont Fire Department said the fire was “under control” and it had left two fire engines plus a truck on-site to monitor it. It also added Tesla’s fire response helped to control the fire.

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This isn’t the first time a fire has broken out at the factory. In 2019 firefighters were able to quickly contain a fire at the site, again with no injuries.

CNBC reported in 2018 the factory’s paint shop had experienced four fires in four years.

Tesla’s Fremont factory was shut down for two days at the end of last month due to a parts shortage, CEO Elon Musk said.

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Tesla has restarted Model 3 production in California after a 2-day shutdown due to a parts shortage, Elon Musk said

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Tesla’s Fremont, California factory.

  • Tesla restarted production at its Fremont, California factory on Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk said.
  • The factory stopped production for two days because of parts shortages, Musk said.
  • Tesla said last month that production could be impacted by the global semiconductor shortage.
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Tesla restarted production at its Fremont, California factory on Wednesday after a two-day hiatus caused by parts shortages, CEO Elon Musk said Thursday.

“Fremont shut down for two days (parts shortages) & restarted yesterday,” he tweeted, without elaborating.

Tesla said last month that it might face a temporary impact from a global semiconductor shortage.

Several automakers, including General Motors, Volkswagen, and Ford, are hit by the shortage of chips, forcing them to scale down production.

President Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday ordering a review into various US supply chains, including semiconductors.

Musk’s announcement on Twitter followed a report by Bloomberg that workers on a Model 3 production line in Fremont were told their line would be down from February 22 until March 7.

Affected staff were reportedly told they’d be paid for February 22 and 23, but not for February 28 through to March 3, a source close to the matter told the publication. February 22 and 23 were the days the factory halted production, according to Musk’s tweet.

The Fremont plant has an annual production capacity of 500,000 Model 3s and Model Ys combined.

Over the weekend Tesla also has stopped taking orders for its Model Y standard range, its second-cheapest vehicle, just days after slashing its price by $2,000.

It is unknown why the vehicle, which had only been on sale for a month, is no longer listed or whether the move is permanent.

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Tesla has reportedly temporarily halted production on its Model 3 line in California

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Tesla’s Fremont, California factory.

  • Tesla told workers at its Fremont, California factory it would temporarily shut down production, a source told Bloomberg.
  • The Tesla Model 3 line shutdown would last from February 22 to March 7, the source said.
  • Tesla said last month that production could be impacted by the global semiconductor shortage.
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Tesla has told workers it will temporarily halt some production at its car assembly plant in California, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Workers on a Model 3 production line in Fremont were told their line would be down from February 22 until March 7, according to the report.

Affected staff were reportedly told they’d be paid for February 22 and 23, but not for February 28 through to March 3, the source said. They were reportedly told to use vacation days where possible.

The report did not clarify the reason for the halt, and Tesla could not be immediately reached for comment.

It was also unclear how much volume or revenue Tesla would lose due to the production halt. The Fremont plant has an annual production capacity of 500,000 Model 3s and Model Ys combined.

Tesla said last month that it might face a temporary impact from a global semiconductor shortage.

Several automakers, including General Motors, Volkswagen, and Ford, are hit by the shortage of chips, forcing them to scale down production.

President Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday ordering a review into various US supply chains, including semiconductors.

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