Telsa has stopped the Model 3 production line at its California factory. It’s unclear if this is related to the global chip shortage, but all signs suggest this is the case.
All that is known so far is that Tesla reportedly told employees at its Model 3 production facility that it would close from February 22 to March 7.
There is no clear reason for the shutdown, but last month Tesla mentioned that it could experience a production hiatus due to a shortage of semiconductors, according to Bloomberg.
Ford, GM and VW have been forced to suspend production for similar chip-related reasons, with even Sony claiming that PlayStation 5 production has suffered.
Bloomberg It also notes that the Samsung chip factory in Texas likely supplying chips to Tesla is currently closed due to ongoing extreme weather in the state. All of this suggests that Tesla halted production related to the microchip shortage, but the automaker has yet to comment on the situation.
This will affect Model 3 production, but will not stop it completely, as the company has another assembly line in China.