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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Tesla’s Shanghai Factory Still Closed Amid Strict COVID Restrictions

According to Bloomberg, Tesla’s Shanghai facility will stay shuttered for another day as the city complies with severe lockdown measures prompted by an increase in COVID-19 instances. Tesla allegedly urged staff to remain home on Sunday to comply with the city’s COVID regulations, according to a corporate document seen by Bloomberg.

Tesla was scheduled to begin production at the Shanghai facility on Monday, April 4th, according to an earlier report from Reuters, since certain stay-at-home orders were likely to finish. Workers in the eastern part of the city, where Tesla’s facility is situated, are still subject to COVID-related movement limitations, and the city has yet to announce when they will be lifted.

Tesla shut down its facility on March 28th, the first day of the city’s two-stage shutdown, with the intention of keeping it offline for only four days. The plant will be shuttered for one week starting Monday. Due to an increase in COVID-19 instances, Tesla previously shut down its Shanghai facility for two days in mid-March.

The Shanghai plant is Tesla’s largest, producing roughly 6,000 Model 3 and 10,000 Model Y vehicles every week, according to Reuters. Despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk dubbing the first quarter of 2022 a “exceptionally” tough quarter owing to supply chain problems and the Shanghai plant’s closure, the company claimed a record 310,048 car deliveries on Saturday. Tesla is due to build a new manufacturing in Austin, Texas this week, while a factory in Berlin, Germany was opened last month.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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