Tesla Gigafactory Suffers Brief Production Interruptions Due To Fire Evacuation

The Tesla building standing in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center was evacuated Saturday after smoke filled its entire third floor. The fire was reported around 10:12 p.m and was found to come from a cooling tube coating oven but it was eventually put out thanks to the sprinkler system and the firefighters.

There were no reported injuries.

This is not the first fire Tesla dealt with recently: just last month a minor fire disrupted the activities at the Tesla factory in California.

The company has set a goal for itself to deliver 50,000 to 55,000 Model 3 sedans during the third quarter. In order to achieve that goal, they have even decided to take off the Silver Metallic and Obsidian Black color options off the list, unless there are any special requests, which will cost the customers over $1,500 per day.

Why? In order to speed up production.

Moving 2 of 7 Tesla colors off menu on Wednesday to simplify manufacturing. Obsidian Black & Metallic Silver will still be available as special request, but at higher price.

Elon Musk, September 11, 2018

Obviously the fire is bad news for Tesla, at a time when the company is working hard to produce the numbers they promised and is attempting to increase the sales numbers.

Proof? After the fire was suppressed, cleanup and repairs started around 2:00 a.m. Production started again almost immediately Sunday morning.

Tesla, it seems, is not big on being disrupted at the moment, even for  a couple of hours.

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  1. Joe

    September 17, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Production is still down on the cooling tube line and will not be back up for a few days, they gave us the week off.

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