Running out of components, Tesla slows down production

The Tesla factory parking lot in 2019

Due to a shortage of components, Tesla is forced to reduce the speed of its factory in Fremont (United States).

Not a year goes by without Tesla having a production problem. The manufacturer plans to reduce the pace for two weeks according to Bloomberg.

More specifically, the Fremont plant closed on February 22 and 23, confirmed Elon Musk on Twitter. The reason for this problem is “A shortage of parts” announces the CEO. Slowing down the supply by road, the cold snap in the United States would be one of the explanations for the problem.

Elon Musk added that the site reopened on February 24, but Tesla is planning a further closure from February 28 to March 3, according to Bloomberg. This bad news led to a drop in the stock market price of 8% on Thursday, to 682 dollars (561 €).

A shortage that affects the entire automobile

Another cause would be the world shortage of electronic components, and in particular of semiconductors. CFO Zach Kirkhorn confided in January during the 2020 results that this “Would undoubtedly have a temporary impact”.

Tesla is not an isolated case. All car manufacturers have already weighed the threat of this shortage on their production. Renault estimated that this could reduce its production volumes by 100,000 units in 2021. The tricolor manufacturer is not, however, the most affected. Its ally Nissan and Honda could produce 250,000 fewer cars this winter alone. Americans Ford and GM also estimated a $ 2 billion reduction in sales.


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