Tesla has reportedly postponed the resumption of activity at its Shanghai factory indefinitely, while the containment decided by the local authorities in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic is due to end on Friday in this part of the Chinese metropolis, shows an internal document. consulted by the Reuters agency. Thus, the electric vehicle manufacturer would have canceled its plans to resume production at its Shanghai factory on Friday and Saturday, further delaying the reopening of the manufacturing center for its Model 3 and Model Y cars. The Shanghai factory, located in Pudong district east of the city’s Huangpu River suspended production from Monday to Thursday after the city launched a two-stage lockdown to fight the epidemic.
The lockdown for districts east of the river is expected to be lifted in the early hours of April 1. Tesla had originally planned to resume production that day. However, the latest notice seen by Reuters says the automaker has canceled production plans for April 1-2. Two people familiar with the matter quoted by Reuters said Tesla had not yet obtained a permit from the Shanghai government for its trucks to deliver electric cars assembled outside Pudong in western parts of the city. Shanghai is set to lock down areas west of the river from the early hours of tomorrow morning. The company may also have chosen to extend the suspension due to a shortage of workers, one of the sources said.
Tesla, for its part, told Reuters it strictly enforces China’s epidemic prevention and control requirements and will adjust its work according to the government’s prevention policies.