Tesla Model Y and Model 3 production paused for factory upgrades


Factories have been temporarily shut down as Tesla works to improve production output.


Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai.

Above: Tesla’s Gigafactory in Shanghai.

Production of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y has been temporarily halted in order to upgrade its manufacturing capacity.

A leaked email posted online from Tesla’s human resources department says its Shanghai factory shut earlier this month to complete upgrades to its production lines.

Demand for Tesla’s electric vehicles has been growing at a rapid rate, with this upgrade expected to improve manufacturing times and increase annual output.

In a tweet the following weekend, CEO Elon Musk remarked Tesla “didn’t expect demand to be so high”, and was “working on accelerating RHD [right-hand-drive] Model Y production”.

Some reports suggested the company’s Shanghai plant has been working at half capacity, thanks to ongoing supply problems and outbreaks of COVID-19 in the city.

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