Tesla extends Shanghai Gigafactory suspension

After a few days of shutdown, the Tesla factory in Shanghai was to reopen its doors. Eventually, its closure is further extended due to a lockdown.

Due to the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, several Chinese cities have been reconfigured in recent days, obviously resulting in the closure of many local factories.

Tesla Farms at Gigafactory

Since the beginning of the week, the Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai has been closed. A recovery plan had been drawn up for a restart on Friday and Saturday, but obviously the establishment should remain closed for a few more days according to an internal notice seen by Reuters.

The Shanghai Gigafactory, located in the Pudong district east of the city’s Huangpu River, suspended production from Monday to Thursday following a a two-stage lockdown of the city to fight a resurgence of the pandemic.

The lockdown for districts east of the river is to be lifted in the early hours of 1East April and Tesla had originally planned to resume production that same day. But plans to resume production have been canceled for the 1East and April 2.

Two people familiar with the matter said the US firm still needs to get authorizations from the Shanghai government so that its trucks can deliver assembled electric cars outside of Pudong to the city’s western districts.

No recovery scheduled for the time being

Shanghai is to lock down areas west of the river from the early hours of Friday morning. Tesla may also have chosen to extend the suspension due to a shortage of workerslockdowns continuing in some housing developments, one of the sources said.

The brand told Reuters earlier on Thursday that it strictly enforces China’s requirements for epidemic prevention and control and that it would adjust its work according to prevention policies.

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