Tesla Chief Government Officer Elon Musk stated the electrical car firm’s Fremont, California plant shut down for 2 days this week resulting from “parts shortages” and had reopened on Wednesday.
Shares of Tesla fell 8% throughout the day after Bloomberg reported that manufacturing of Tesla’s inexpensive sedan, the Mannequin 3, had been quickly suspended, elevating questions on whether or not it had sufficient provides to maintain the meeting line transferring.
A number of automakers, together with Common Motors Co, Volkswagen AG, and Ford Motor Co, are hit by the scarcity of chips, forcing them to scale down manufacturing.
“Fremont shut down for two days (parts shortages) & restarted yesterday,” Musk stated in a Twitter posting.
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An individual with information of the state of affairs advised Reuters that a minimum of some employees had been advised they might take off Wednesday and Thursday, whereas one other particular person stated some worker parking tons appeared to have fewer individuals than normal on Thursday.
Electrical car information supply Electrek quoted Musk as telling workers that manufacturing of Mannequin 3 and the Mannequin Y small SUV would velocity as much as full manufacturing over the following few days.
“We are experiencing some parts supply issues, so we took the opportunity to bring Fremont down for a few days to do equipment upgrades and maintenance,” Musk stated in an worker electronic mail, in accordance with Electrek.
Musk additionally stated that the corporate was scaling up manufacturing of its dearer Mannequin S and Mannequin X traces, which might quickly return to 2 shifts, he stated, in accordance with Electrek.
The corporate couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.
Tesla stated final month that it’d face a short lived affect from a world semiconductor scarcity and logistics disruptions at ports.
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“This is an industrywide problem rather than anything Tesla-specific. But this episode provides a very useful reminder that EV manufacturing is subject to periodic supply chain bottlenecks, whether related to chips, or batteries, or other components,” Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov stated by electronic mail.
Samsung Electronics, which provides chips that management self-driving capabilities to Tesla, final week stated it had suspended its manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas as a winter storm prompted energy outages. The Tesla chips are made within the Texas manufacturing facility, the automaker stated two years in the past.
Samsung declined to determine its prospects for the manufacturing facility.
It was unclear how a lot quantity or income Tesla would lose because of the manufacturing halt. The Fremont plant has an annual manufacturing capability of 500,000 Mannequin 3s and Mannequin Ys mixed.
Tesla final week decreased the worth of its cheaper variants of the Mannequin 3 and the Mannequin Y, the newest in a collection of worth cuts at a time when legacy automakers try to combat again with new fashions.