Tesla has idled their assembly plant in California for two weeks. The move, which interrupts Model S production, will allow the company to add 25 new robots to the line and begin the tool-up needed for the upcoming Model X.
Workers at the plant were given the choice of showing up for maintenance and training shifts or vacation. The re-tooling will cost about $100 million and result in a 25 percent increase in production.
The new production line will allow Tesla to build 1,000 units of the Model S per week and allow the new Model X to be taken alongside it for production when it begins later this year.
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