Tesla Shuts Down Model 3 Production As Musk Relied On Too Many Robots – “Humans Are Underrated”

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Despite Musk plenty of times warned people about using robots, now he temporarily stops Model 3 production line as there are too many robots in his factory.

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Production hell

Tesla temporarily shuts down the assembly line for the Model 3 in the company’s Fremont, California, BuzzFeed reported Monday.

The company plans to pause production for the Model 3 for 4-5 days but the announcement came without warning, according to Tesla employees who spoke with BuzzFeed News.

“We got complacent about some of the things we felt were our core technology, we put too much new technology into the Model 3 all at once,” Musk said.

A Tesla spokesperson said that the assembly line is on pause in order to “improve automation.”

During the pause, workers can choose to use vacation days or stay home without pay.

This is the second temporary shutdown since February for a vehicle that’s already significantly behind schedule. 

At the time, Tesla said the February pause was ultimately meant to increase output, and that such pauses are “common in production ramps like this.”

Moreover, Elon Musk had previously said the company would be manufacturing 2,500 cars a week by that date, but it was making only 2,000 per week by April 1.

Now, just two weeks later, production is once again on hold.

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Musk stressed but “optimistic”

According to the cbsnews, Musk has called this a period of “production hell.”

“I’m definitely under stress, so if I seem like I’m not under stress then I’m gonna be clear, I’m definitely under stress,” Musk told “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King.

“I’m feeling pretty optimistic about where Tesla is at this point. At this point I can have a clear understanding of the path out of hell, and I did not, until recently, have a clear understanding.”

Musk personally took over the Model 3 production line at the beginning of April. He said he’s resorted to pulling all-nighters at the plant and, at times, even sleeping at the factory

“When things get really intense, I don’t have time to go home and shower and change, so I just sleep here,” Musk told King.

“Last time I was here, I actually slept literally on the floor, ’cause the couch was too narrow,” he said.

Earlier, Tesla announced its largest recall of all its Model S battery-powered vehicles built before April 2016 — that’s 123,000 vehicles globally.

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Tesla Shuts Down Model 3 Production As Musk Relied On Too Many Robots - "Humans Are Underrated"
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Despite Musk plenty of times warned people about using robots, now he temporarily stops Model 3 production line as there are too many robots in his factory.
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