Tesla Motors is temporarily stopping production of its Model 3 amid a long waiting list and several missed targets. However, the company said the shutdown is intentional, and the move could resolve delivery delays to thousands of reservation holders.

In an e-mail to its employees, Tesla said the production stoppage at the company’s Fremont facility will last between three to five days. The company also told the press that this planned downtime was similar to another shutdown in February, and it won’t affect production targets for the Model 3. “This should set us up for Model 3 production of 3000 to 4000 per week next month,” read the e-mail.

“Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1,” a Tesla spokesperson told The Verge. “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 recently celebrated a milestone in the first quarter of 2018, hitting a production rate of 2,000 Model 3s per week. Originally, the projected figure was 2,500 units at the end of the quarter. However, the automaker is still looking to reach its target of 6,000 Model 3s per week by the end of 1H 2018. A plant upgrade in May will help achieve the production target.

In March, Tesla said it was able to double Model 3 weekly production by stopping the production line for short periods in order to fix bottlenecks. Production of the Model S and Model X are unaffected by this temporary shutdown.

As a recap, the full-electric Tesla Model 3 is priced from US$35,000 (RM136,115) and comes with a range of 354 km. It has a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 209 km/h. An extra US$9,000 (RM35,000) buys a long-range model which can stretch to 499 km, do 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and top out at 225 km/h.

GALLERY: Tesla Model 3