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Tesla halts Model 3 production to 'address bottlenecks'

The company suggests the shutdown is planned downtime that will help increase production rates.

Tesla has confirmed that its Model 3 assembly line will be idled for four to five days as the company continues to deal with production problems.

"Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1," the automaker said in a statement to The Verge. "These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates. This is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this."

Increasing output volume has required manual human-labor 'bypass' operations while technicians and engineers address issues with the robotic processes that will be required to hit the ultimate goal of a half million vehicles per year.

The first quarter ended with an output of 2,000 units per week, though some reports claimed Tesla had pulled workers off the Model S and X lines to accomplish a last-minute blitz that was unlikely to be sustained. In any case, the company intends to build 5,000 per week by the end of the second quarter.