Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:54

Tesla's Fremont Factory Partially Shut Down

Written by Michael Cantu, Inside EVs


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According to a tweet from Sawyer Merrit, Tesla's Fremont, CA, factory has been partially shut down for a few days. It could just be certain production lines and not a total shutdown.

UPDATE: Tesla is indeed shutting down part of the factory for two weeks. Per Bloomberg:


"Workers on a Model 3 production line in Fremont were told their line would be down from Feb. 22 until March 7, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is private," Bloomberg reported. "Impacted staff were told they would be paid for Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 and not paid for Feb. 28, March 1, 2 and 3. They were advised to take vacation time, if they had it."


Merrit claimed his sources said some Model 3 line workers have been sent home for two weeks. Everything is still unclear, but it might be due to a parts supplier. His source speculated that it's likely a chip supplier, possibly Samsung


"Samsung was shutdown on 2/16. The Fremont parking lot was then empty on 2/21. Samsung was able to get power resumed on 2/20. Tesla is taking the opportunity to address some needed downtime," Merrit tweeted.


Supposedly, there are rumors circulating the refreshed Model S and Model X have production delays. None of this is official.


Merrit also claims to have reached out to refreshed Model S and X owners who have yet to receive a VIN. Inside EVs reported refreshed Model Xs could be delivered to customers in February, and Model S Plaid deliveries could start in March.


However, Merrit then said Tesla has enough inventory to offset any recent factory downtime. So maybe those production delays are really just rumors.
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