Turns out our anonymous source was indeed right. Tesla has now confirmed that production of the Model 3 was halted last month.
"We should also point out that an anonymous source with close ties to Model 3 production made us aware that the line has been down for as much as a week at a time over the course of the last month or so due to timing issues with the robots."
Tesla is now confirming this to be true. The automaker says that Model 3 production was halted from February 20 through the 24th for a period to improve automation and eliminate bottlenecks.
In a statement sent to Bloomberg, a Tesla spokesperson commented:
“Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1. These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates. This is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this.”
Tesla hopes to hit a production rate of 2,500 Model 3s per week by month's end and some 5,000 a week by the end of June.