Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: Tesla Halts Model 3 Production, Again Just after Elon Musk said Tesla should be able to sustain rates of producing 2,000 cars per week for the Model 3, Automotive News reports that the company has temporarily halted production for the second time this year. A Tesla statement said the pause is normal and “used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks.” Here are the details on the most recent pause, from Automotive News: Tesla temporarily shut down production in February. A spokesman for the automaker referred to a statement from the first pause. “Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1,” the statement read. “These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates. This is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this.” During the interview with CBS, Musk also said the company had included too much new technology in the Model 3 and was over-reliant on robots, both of which have slowed down production. On Friday, the executive tweeted, “Humans are underrated.” There have been a lot of news reports on Model 3 production, like that it was jammed due to parts being handmade, in recent months. There have also been a lot of heated responses… [Read full story]
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