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

Tesla Fremont factory
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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