Tesla to pause Model S/X production for 18 days

Shawn Knight

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Editor's take: Tesla is planning to shut down production of its Model S and Model X electric vehicles for a period of 18 days starting later this month. Given the popularity of the Model 3/Y over the Model S/X, it’s no surprise to see Tesla take a break from manufacturing for the holidays.

Employees were notified of the decision on Friday, according to an e-mail to affected team members that was seen by CNBC. Per the notice, the last day of work before the shutdown is December 23. December 24 and December 25 are paid holidays, as are December 31 and January 1.

Tesla is offering impacted employees one week of full pay (January 4 through January 8), with plans to return everyone to work on January 11.

That only leaves a few days (December 28 through December 30) of unpaid time off, although staffers can use PTO during this period or volunteer to work other shifts in different departments.

Tesla in its most recent earnings report said it produced 16,992 Model S/X vehicles during the third quarter, accounting for just 11.7 percent of total vehicle production. The other 128,044 vehicles that rolled off the assembly line were Model 3/Y variants.

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sreams

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There is the distinct possibility that they are doing this in order to upgrade the lines for a design refresh.
 

GeforcerFX

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Kinda amazing how few vehicles they produce overall. 144,000 vehicles over a 3 month timespan, Ford produces nearly that many trucks in just a month for the USA and Canada market.
 

GeforcerFX

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You find it amazing that one car company makes fewer cars than another car company? Odd thing to be amazed by.
Not really when you consider all the hype and fan fair Tesla announcing a new car can make. Shows how insignificant of a car company they are in the market, that one production line for one of there competitors, ford makes three times that many vehicles total throughout the year. Toyota and Honda make it seem even smaller when you look at there total production numbers.
 

Tom Yum

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It does raise the question about Tesla's future plans for model S and X, the economy of scale must be quite poor when you are only making 17000 a quarter between the two models. It just seems like they are overdue for a significant refresh, not just an equipment spec tweak. Car manufacturers normally release a model redesign every 7 - 10 years. The Model S and X are approaching 9 and 6 years respectively, so they are coming/are due.
 

Uncle Al

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Not at all unusual or unreasonable as most manufacturer's over a wide variety of products so similar things .... although there is no apparent "maintenance overhauls" being conducted ....
 

DaveBG

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Looks like they are preparing for the "Plaid" models. These will bring unheard performance and range.
 

sreams

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Not really when you consider all the hype and fan fair Tesla announcing a new car can make. Shows how insignificant of a car company they are in the market, that one production line for one of there competitors, ford makes three times that many vehicles total throughout the year. Toyota and Honda make it seem even smaller when you look at there total production numbers.

Interesting. Why concern yourself with what people other than yourself are excited/hyped about?
 

Lew Zealand

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Kinda amazing how few vehicles they produce overall. 144,000 vehicles over a 3 month timespan, Ford produces nearly that many trucks in just a month for the USA and Canada market.

The top 3 selling vehicle models are all trucks and have been for decades, with Ford selling the most. Because there are very few truck models and loads of car models, so you're constrained with very little choice on the truck side, while having loads of options on the car side. Comparing to Civic, Camry, or Highlander sales makes more sense.
 

GeforcerFX

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The top 3 selling vehicle models are all trucks and have been for decades, with Ford selling the most. Because there are very few truck models and loads of car models, so you're constrained with very little choice on the truck side, while having loads of options on the car side. Comparing to Civic, Camry, or Highlander sales makes more sense.
Toyota makes over 1 million camrys a year, so the numbers are actually about the same, the ford truck number is there entire truck line something like 800,000 of that is the F-150.