According to an email disclosed by CNBC, Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) told its workers at its Fremont, California, factory on Friday that its Model S and Model X electric vehicle production lines would close from December 24 to January 11.
To offset one of the two and a half weeks of the closure, along with a few compensated holidays, workers employed on those lines were given a complete week off. They have been forced to take 5 unplanned and unpaid days off, but on those days, they have the opportunity to continue to find jobs in other parts of the plant.
They also were invited to “volunteer” to help make deliveries to customers during the shutdown.
On Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted in a separate email sent to the entire company that it is “fortunate that during this quarter demand is quite higher than production” and asked employees to increase production for the remainder of the quarter.
The shutdown of the Tesla S and X lines means the demand for these older versions would not increase. Tesla’s intentions during the holiday closure are not evident for its Model S and X sections. The organization did not return a request for clarification instantly.
The firm has been dealing with a recall in China, NHTSA’s safety investigation, and warranty extension covering some of its Model S high-end sedans. This year’s Model X luxury SUV with falcon-wing doors.
According to the company’s vehicle development and distribution study for the year ended September 30, such vehicles’ shipments amounted to 15,200 in the third quarter of 2020, reflecting about 11% of vehicle deliveries during the quarter.
At an annual shareholder conference and investor presentation on battery day earlier this year, executives said that deliveries would launch in late 2021 with the long-anticipated Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) Model S Plaid.