Tesla Idles Plant For Two Weeks For Model X-Related Production Upgrades

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Those who just ordered their Tesla Model S may need to wait a bit, as the premium EV automaker has idled its California factory in order to tool up for the upcoming Model X SUV.

Bloomberg reports the reconfiguration — including 25 new robots on the floor and other modifications — began June 20, and will conclude in two weeks to the tune of $100 million and a 25 percent increase in production.

Tesla has given its assembly workers the option of reporting for maintenance and training shifts during their time off, as well as using that time for vacation.

Once completed, the newly upgraded floor should pump out some 1,000 units of the Model S per week, as well as allow for both the S and the X to be screwed together next to each other. Pricing for the EV-SUV has yet to be announced.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • HerrKaLeun HerrKaLeun on Jul 22, 2014

    So they actually will make 45K model S based on 1K per week accounting for downtime? I' m impressed, that is great for an EV, and / or any luxury car. Yeah they need to retool soon again - when they realize no-one buys a car with doors incompatible with garages and parking ramps. Especially one that depends on being in a garage to refuel and whose owners most likely have a garage. Wonder what the exact height is. But I assumr my overheaddoor track would get hit.

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    • 3Deuce27 3Deuce27 on Jul 23, 2014

      @Vulpine The typical post-war garage has 8' to much higher ceiling heights and it varies due to the slope of the garage floor. You can usually figure 8-ft, plus the foundation height, typically 2-ft because of minimum crawl space requirements, plus the mud sill. So at the door it is about 10ft, and at the back, around 9'-6". Garage doors are 7ft minimum, though, higher heights are now being utilized because of the trend to SUV/CUV's with cargo roof racks.

  • Brianyates Brianyates on Jul 22, 2014

    If one can afford to buy a Tesla thensurely one can afford to have a new garage built to comfortably accomodate it

  • Discoman Discoman on Jul 23, 2014

    Dang. How do you put your bike rack on that? Well , you could always just crawl through the back hatch.

  • Martinwinlow Martinwinlow on Jul 23, 2014

    "How do you put your bike rack on that? " Get one that mounts on the rear of the vehicle. Only the rear doors are GW, BTW. MW

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    • 3Deuce27 3Deuce27 on Jul 23, 2014

      Hauling bikes on the roof is a poor idea for a number of reasons, damage to the roof, increased interior noise, MPG robbing drag, low clearance situations(garages), getting the damn thing up there and off. I consider roof top mounted bikes as show off bikes, 'Look what I have and you wish you did'. The bikes do stay a little cleaner on the roof. A hitch mounted rack can carry up to 6 bikes, maybe more. I use a Yakima 'Swing Daddy' for access to the vehicle cargo area. http://www.rackattack.com/product-pages/yakima-swingdaddy-4-bike.asp?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_content=Yakima+Swingdaddy+4-Bike&utm_campaign=google+merchant