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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 car manufacturing traces will shut from December Twenty fourth to January eleventh, in accordance with an electronic mail seen by CNBC.

Staff engaged on these traces have been supplied a full week of pay to cowl one of many two and a half weeks of the shutdown, together with a number of 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 car deliveries to clients throughout the shut down.

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

The shutdown of the S and X traces means that the excessive demand doesn’t lengthen to those older fashions. It isn’t clear what Tesla intends to do with its Mannequin S and X traces throughout 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 automobiles amounted to fifteen,200 within the third quarter of 2020, in accordance with the corporate’s car manufacturing and deliveries report from the interval ending September 30 representing round 11% of auto deliveries throughout 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 Workforce,

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

We want you to take the chance to refresh or spend time with your loved ones, so Tesla shall be providing you with a full week pay for the week of Jan. 4th. There may also be restricted paid alternatives so that you can assist different retailers 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 break day (could use PTO**), assist deliveries or different retailers.

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

Jan. 4th – eighth – Paid break day (40 hours)

Jan. eleventh – return to work

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

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

Topic: Car Manufacturing

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

To make sure that we have now the absolute best buyer end result and earn the belief of the shoppers and buyers who’ve positioned their religion and hard-earned cash with us, we have to enhance manufacturing for the rest of the quarter as a lot as potential.

I’d solely ship this word if it actually mattered.

Tremendous appreciated,


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