Tesla Halts Production for Model X Preperations

Tesla has idled its Californian production facility and halted production of the Model S while it preps the facilities for the upcoming Tesla Model X SUV.

Retooling of the facility is said to have started on June 20 and will conclude in a couple of weeks. When everything is finished, the upgrade would have cost Tesla Motors $100 million and will help boost production by 25 per cent. The upgrades also see the addition of 25 new robots with the body and general assembly lines being modified also.

Tesla spokesman Simon Sproule said that the upgrades are the biggest facility improvements undertaken by the Californian automaker.

“This represents the single biggest investment in the plant since we really started operations and enables us for higher volumes. It gets us ready to build X and to do it on the same line as the S.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has previously confirmed that he wants to deliver at least 35,000 examples of the Model S this year. That goal represents a 56 per cent increase from last year. Key drivers behind the increase in deliveries will be markets like China and the United Kingdom with places like Hong Kong, Japan and Australia also set to receive the electric sedan later this year.

[Via Bloomberg]

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