Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Investors are closely watching to see if Tesla is able to meet long-delayed targets and quickly ramp up the Model 3, on which the company's future profitability rests. Last week, the company built 2,250 Model 3s, he said, along with 2,000 Model S and Model X electric cars.
We've reported over the past week on the "production hell" that has engulfed the Tesla Model 3. Tomorrow, it will stop work at Fremont, for three to five days.
In fact, the shutdown may be being used to reduce automation on the Model 3 line using more human production and fewer robots or conveyor belts, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk alluded to in a Tweet on Sunday.
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In the "profit" section of the leaked email, Musk said that Tesla is now at a point in which it will strive to be profitable. "This means that we will be adding another shift to general assembly, body and paint", CEO Elon Musk wrote, adding that TSLA would hire ~400 people per week for several weeks.
Tesla Inc TSLA.O shares fell as much as 2 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday, a temporary halt in production of its Model 3 sedan adding to nerves about the electric auto maker's consistent failure to keep its promises on vehicle output.
There's a suggestion of one more pause in production during May for further upgrades, but beyond that Model 3 production just got serious.
The shutdown of the assembly line was meant to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks to increase production, a normal move by vehicle companies, Tesla said on Monday. Delays and lower-than-expected volume have postponed revenue from cars being delivered to customers from reaching Tesla's bottom line.
Shares of Palo Alto, California-based Tesla was last down almost 1 percent.