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Tesla stops production for factory upgrades

The factory in Fremont, California, had previously manufactured 800 Model S cars per week, but with sales now under way across most of Europe and China and extra markets to follow, CEO and co-founder Elon Musk said the company was looking to cut its four-month lead times.

When production restarts on the 4th August, Fremont’s more efficient production line will have the capacity needed to build 1,000 cars per week, a figure Tesla expects to reach by the end of the year. The line will also be ready for the launch of the Model X early in 2015, which is likely to significantly increase the manufacturer’s global sales.

Tesla delivered the first Model S electric executive cars to UK customers in June, in right hand drive, and the Model X will be delivered here at the end of 2015. Based on the same platform as the Model S, it features fully electric four-wheel drive and seven seats.

The compact executive Model III is scheduled to begin production in 2017, priced at around £25,000, Musk confirmed last week, and the carmaker is already considering additional factories in Europe and possibly China to meet expected demand.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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