The Tesla Model 3 production line has been “paused” for four to five days as the company tries to sort out its automation problems, and improve output, which is running far behind schedule.
Workers on the Model 3 line are being forced to take vacation or leave without pay, although a few will be offered work elsewhere in the factory.
A Tesla spokesperson told Buzzfeed the pause was needed to “improve automation.” Earlier Elon Musk admitted, “Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated.”
At its launch, the company said it would be producing tens of thousands Model 3 sedans per week by now, but it has repeatedly scaled back forecasts.
It is now aiming to make around 2,000 cars per week, with a target of 5,000 cars per week by the end of Q2 2018. Initially, Tesla was meant to be hitting the 5,000 car per week mark by the end of 2017.