O closure Tesla's plant in Fremont, California, was short lived: two days. The automaker's CEO, Elon Musk, confirmed that the installation is working again thanks to the great demand for cars Model S and X.
Answering a user on Twitter, the businessman explained that the factory reopened after two days. In an e-mail he sent to Tesla employees, Musk says that the shortage of parts was the reason for the interruption of production.
“We are facing some problems with the supply of parts, so we took the opportunity to close Fremont for a few days to update and maintain the equipment. Fremont production is back up and running and will accelerate rapidly to complete production of the Model 3 / Y in the next few days, ”the statement said.
The demand for the S and X models is so high, according to Musk, that the factory will operate on a new shift. But before increasing production, Tesla needs to finish refitting the plant. "The production lines for the Model S / X are almost completed with the retrofitting and will aim for maximum production in the next quarter," explains the executive.
It was speculated that the pieces in question were microchips, which have been missing in the automotive industry. In the email, Musk does not specify the problem that affected production, but the scarcity of semiconductor chips is a global problem caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
Ford, for example, had to halt vehicle manufacturing at its Kentucky plant in December 2020, which is expected to affect the company's production by up to 20% for the first quarter of 2021.
The automaker was even forced to reduce production of the F-150 pickup, the country's best-selling model, at its Michigan and Missouri factories. GM, on the other hand, cut production at its factories in the state of Kansas, Canada and Mexico until March, when it will review the plans.
Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, Subaru and Fiat Chrysler also announced production lines that were interrupted or slowed down due to the problem.