The company says the shutdown has been long-planned and that it will not affect the ramp-up in Model 3 production to the company's long-promised 5,000 cars a week.
Musk had admitted that "excessive automation" at the Tesla plant had contributed to what he calls "manufacturing hell" and had actually slowed down manufacturing of the crucial mass-market model.
According to Bernstein analysts, Tesla has not only automated stamping, painting and welding like most other manufacturers, but also tried to automate final assembly.
Tesla's problem-plagued Model 3 sedan is a case in point.
The auto maker said the halt - the second since February - was to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks to increase production, a regular move by vehicle companies.
"Please note that all areas of Tesla and our suppliers will be required to demonstrate a Model 3 capacity of ~6000/week by building 850 sets of vehicle parts in 24 hours no later than June 30th", Musk wrote in the email obtained by Jalopnik, adding that all Model 3 production at Fremont will move to 24/7 operations.More news: Commission approves six-month suspension for Alvarez
To add to the extra shifts, Tesla has made a decision to hire 400 workers a week for several weeks.
After the latest pause in production, Musk said Tesla should be able to churn out between 3,000 and 4,000 Model 3s per week, up from its previous output levels of just over 2,000.
In order to accomplish the new production goal, Tesla is stopping work at the Gigafactory today.
According to TechCrunch, more than $1k was raised as of publication to get the nearly $20 Billionaire a new bedtime sofa - a very socially responsible donation and in no way offensive to those working extra Postmates shifts so they can afford a used couch off Craigslist.
He added that the company needs to make 6,000 units of the Model 3 per week by the end of June in order to meet its goal.
While Tesla has been in the news for myriad issues lately, the factor that matters is how the demand for the Model 3 is affected, according to KeyBanc analyst Brad Erickson in a note obtained by TheFly.com.
Weeks following a crash that claimed the life of Model X owner Walter Huang, Tesla's response to the event continues to create controversy for the automaker and its Autopilot system.Huang, 38, .