Tesla will increase production this week at its factory in Shanghai, China, which has not been seen since the country recently implemented the COVID-19 lockdown.
An internal memo from the carmaker revealed that it would more than double its daily output at the plant from Tuesday to 2,600 EVs, a significant jump from the 1,000 cars built on Monday.
Tesla has been keen to increase its Shanghai production numbers since it was forced to close the facility for 22 days. The automaker had hoped to return to pre-lockdown production levels by May 16, but that goal had to be pushed back. It was only allowed to resume production on April 19 under a ‘closed-loop’ system that required workers to be isolated to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
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Elon Musk’s company is dealing with a limited supply of key parts, such as shipping barriers, cable harnesses, and staff shortages.
Tesla was operating three shifts before the Shanghai factory lockdown. The company sold 1,512 cars through China in April alone, a dramatic drop from 65,754 sold in March. Reuters Comments.
Production at the site was partially resumed with the help of Tesla local authorities. As we reported earlier this month, authorities in the Lingang Special Area of Shanghai arranged transportation for 6,000 workers and worked to sterilize the company to allow access to the ‘closed-loop’ system. About 50,000 vehicles stopped production at Tesla as the site closed.