According to a report from Reuters, Tesla will stop production at its factory in California for one week this month. The reason for this is that the company wants to prepare for the production of the popular Model 3, which is scheduled to begin in July this year.
During the production pause, Tesla will install new equipment it needs to start the production of its upcoming electric car. It plans on adding capacity to the existing paint shop as well as perform general maintenance on other factory equipment. The week-long pause should not have an impact on production or delivery figures planned for the first quarter of the year, as the company added a few production days to compensate.
Reuters also reports that the car manufacturer will begin test-building the Model 3 on February 20. Tesla wants to build a few cars in advance in order to test the assembly system as well as the quality of the vehicle’s parts before mass production kicks off.
Tesla will have to significantly ramp up production in order to keep up with the demand for the Model 3. It has already received over 400,000 reservations for its electric vehicle that has a starting price of $35,000.
For now, everything seems to be going as planned. In addition to the preparation for the Model 3 production at its factory this month, Tesla has already kicked off production at the Gigafactory in Nevada. It’s currently manufacturing the cylindrical “2170” battery cells for the Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2, while the production of the cells for the upcoming Model 3 EV will begin sometime in Q2 2017.
The company also announced that it plans on making electric motors and gearbox components for its upcoming electric vehicle at the Gigafactory. These will then be shipped to the company’s factory in California, where the assembly of the Model 3 will take place.