Tesla’s Shanghai factory will remain closed for another day as the city faces strict lockdown measures due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, as first reported by Bloomberg† In a company memo obtained by: BloombergTesla reportedly told employees on Sunday to stay home to comply with the city’s COVID restrictions.
An earlier report by Reuters indicated that Tesla would resume production at the Shanghai plant on Monday, April 4, as some home orders were expected to end. However, workers in the eastern part of the city – where Tesla’s factory is located – still face COVID-related movement restrictions, and it is not known when the city plans to lift them.
Tesla first closed its factory on March 28, the start of the city’s two-stage lockdown, and was initially intended to keep the factory closed for just four days. The factory will be closed for a week from Monday. Tesla previously closed its Shanghai factory for two days in mid-March due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
The Shanghai factory is Tesla’s largest and according to Reuters, it produces approximately 6,000 Model 3 and 10,000 Model Y vehicles each week. On Saturday, Tesla reported a record 310,048 vehicle deliveries in the first quarter of 2022, despite Tesla chief executive Elon Musk calling it an “exceptionally” difficult quarter due to supply chain disruptions and the Shanghai factory shutdown. Tesla will open a new factory in Austin, Texas this week, and a factory in Berlin, Germany last month.