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Tesla tells staff Mannequin S and X manufacturing will shut down for 18 days


Kuka robots work on Tesla Mannequin X within the Tesla manufacturing unit in Fremont, California, on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

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Tesla knowledgeable staff in its Fremont, California, manufacturing unit on Friday that its Mannequin S and Mannequin X electrical automobile manufacturing strains will shut from December Twenty fourth to January eleventh, based on an e mail seen by CNBC.

Workers engaged on these strains have been supplied a full week of pay to cowl one of many two and a half weeks of the shutdown, together with just a few paid holidays. They have been requested to take 5 unplanned and unpaid days off, however have the choice to attempt to discover work in different areas of the manufacturing unit throughout these days.

They have been additionally inspired to “volunteer” to assist make electrical automobile deliveries to prospects in the course of the shut down.

In a separate e mail despatched to the whole firm on Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk famous that the corporate is “lucky to have the high-class drawback of demand being fairly a bit greater than manufacturing this quarter” and requested for workers to extend manufacturing as a lot as attainable throughout the remainder of the quarter.

The shutdown of the S and X strains means that the excessive demand doesn’t lengthen to those older fashions. It is not clear what Tesla intends to do with its Mannequin S and X strains in the course of the vacation shutdown. The corporate didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The corporate has been fighting a recall in China, and security probe by NHTSA, and warranty expansion protecting a few of its high-end Mannequin S sedans, and its luxurious SUV with falcon wing doorways, the Mannequin X, this 12 months.

Deliveries of those autos amounted to fifteen,200 within the third quarter of 2020, based on the corporate’s automobile manufacturing and deliveries report from the interval ending September 30 representing round 11% of car deliveries in the course of the quarter.

At an annual shareholder assembly and battery day investor presentation earlier this 12 months, executives mentioned that the long-anticipated Tesla Mannequin S Plaid would begin deliveries in late 2021.

Here is what the e-mail to manufacturing staff engaged on the Mannequin S and Mannequin X SUV mentioned (as transcribed by CNBC):

Topic: S/X Vacation Shutdown

Hello Staff,

The SX strains might be shut down for the vacations beginning Dec. Twenty fourth and returning Jan. eleventh.

We wish you to take the chance to refresh or spend time with your loved ones, so Tesla might be providing you with a full week pay for the week of Jan. 4th. There may even be restricted paid alternatives so that you can assist different outlets or volunteer for deliveries throughout a few of this time.

Dec. twenty third – final day of labor earlier than shutdown

Dec. Twenty fourth-Twenty fifth – Paid holidays*

Dec. Twenty eighth-Thirtieth – Unpaid day without work (might use PTO**), assist deliveries or different outlets.

Dec. Thirty first-Jan. 1st – Paid Vacation*

Jan. 4th – eighth – Paid day without work (40 hours)

Jan. eleventh – return to work

If you want to volunteer for deliveries for Dec. twenty sixth — Dec. Thirty first, or assist different outlets from Dec. Twenty eighth – Dec. Thirtieth, please use the survey under to tell us your desire. We’ll do our greatest to accommodate your requests, however preferences should not assured and might be granted on a primary come first serve foundation.

Here is the separate e mail from Musk to all staff (as transcribed by CNBC):

Topic: Automobile Manufacturing

We’re lucky to have the excessive class drawback of demand being fairly a bit greater than manufacturing this quarter.

To make sure that now we have the absolute best buyer consequence and earn the belief of the purchasers and traders who’ve positioned their religion and hard-earned cash with us, we have to improve manufacturing for the rest of the quarter as a lot as attainable.

I’d solely ship this be aware if it actually mattered.

Tremendous appreciated,


Btw, please ship me a be aware instantly for those who see methods to enhance output, however really feel that your voice will not be being heard.


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