Tesla Model 3 production temporarily shuts down

The Tesla Model 3 production has been temporarily halted at its factory in Fremont, California, marking the second time that Tesla has closed manufacturing for its less expensive EV.

This comes after CEO Elon Musk intervened earlier this month to oversee the production of Model 3 after Tesla failed to meet its production goals.

According to BuzzFeed News, the break is scheduled to last four or five days. Employees who spoke with the publication said the suspension was unexpected, and that they are expected to use vacation days or stay at home without paying, while the assembly lines remain silent.

Tesla said the pause is necessary to "improve automation," which is the same reason the company gave Bloomberg when asked about the first close in February.

Tesla said at the time, and reiterated again on Monday, that a pause "is not unusual and in fact is common in production ramps like this one."

The goal of the EV car company is to produce 5,000 models 3 per week by the end of the second quarter, and while a temporary break does not bode well for this goal, improvements in the manufacturing process could help it to achieve this long-term goal.