Tesla to Stop Model S and X Production for 18 Days over Holidays

  • CNBC reports that Tesla will shut down its Model X and Model S production lines for 18 days during the holidays, starting on Christmas Eve.
  • Employees who work the lines will receive one week of pay and one week without pay, although they are being encouraged to try to slot into other shifts or tasks during that time.
  • The news was shared via email on Friday, the same day an email from CEO Elon Musk asked employees to increase production.

    Getting extra paid time off during the holidays can be great. Losing a week’s pay, on the other hand, can mean the difference between paying bills and sinking into debt. That’s what it looks like is happening to Tesla employees who work on the production lines of the Model S and Model X this holiday season.

    CNBC reports that on Friday Tesla employees at the Fremont factory received an email informing them that the Model S and Model X production lines would go dark for 18 days starting December 24 and resuming on January 11. During this time, the affected employees are to receive one week of paid time off, from January 4 through January 8. But December 28 through December 30 will be unpaid.

    During that time, Tesla says, affected employees can attempt to pick up shifts in other parts of the factory or volunteer for deliveries from December 26 through December 31. The email states: “There will also be limited paid opportunities for you to support other shops or volunteer for deliveries during some of this time.” If employees want to work in other parts of the facility or volunteer over the holidays, they need to sign up quickly because there aren’t enough opportunities for other tasks to include everyone. Apparently, nothing rings in the new year like working for free.

    Why Tesla is shutting down the lines of its two premium vehicles is unknown. It might be due to the lack of demand for these vehicles. For its third quarter, the company noted that those vehicles only made up about 11 percent of the Teslas delivered. It could also be the company retooling the lines because of the ongoing suspension issue with the Model X that’s caused a recall in China and an investigation in the United States. There’s also the possibility that the lines are being retooled to update the Model S and X.

    Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent out an email on the same Friday asking employees to increase production as much as possible during the rest of the current quarter. The CEO is currently worth $148 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, making him the second richest person in the world, behind Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

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