It is not yet clear what volume of cars will be affected, however, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg earlier this week the line would likely be down until March 7.
A spokesperson for Tesla in Australia was unable to comment when approached by CarAdvice. However, the developments are unlikely to affect local customers, with the vast majority of new models Down Under coming from the recently-completed and so-far-uninterrupted Shanghai Gigafactory in China (shown in below).
The ongoing semiconductor shortage – which was largely caused by a redirection of production at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic – has wreaked havoc on the automotive industry. Multiple major brands have been forced to slow or pause down production of some models until new parts become available.
Earlier this week US President Joe Biden signed an executive order addressing the crisis, and ordering a review into various supply chains.