Tesla suspends work at Shanghai factory for four days due to Covid

US automaker Tesla suspends production at its Shanghai plant for four days after city officials announced on Sunday they would lock down in two stages to carry out mass testing for Covid-19

US automaker Tesla suspends production at its Shanghai plant for four days after city officials announced on Sunday they would lock down in two stages to carry out mass testing for Covid-19, two people familiar with the matter said. case.

The company has notified its workers and suppliers of the move, the sources said.

Initially, he tried to create a closed loop to continue production and called workers on Sunday, one of the sources said. However, he allowed them to leave that evening after deciding there were not enough provisions for them, the source added.

Tesla declined to say whether production had been suspended. In a statement, he said he has always endeavored to fulfill his epidemic prevention responsibilities and believes Shanghai’s Covid-19 measures have helped lay the foundation for future development. from the city.

Shanghai announced on Sunday that it would lock down the city in two stages to carry out Covid tests over nine days.

Authorities said they would split Shanghai in two for the drill, using the Huangpu River that runs through the city as a guide.

The Tesla factory is in the Lingang district of the Pudong New Area, which is part of Shanghai’s first-stage lockdown. Its lockdown began early Monday and is expected to last until Friday morning.

Tesla had already suspended production at the Shanghai factory for two days in mid-March after the city implemented strict movement controls and conducted mass testing.

Its Shanghai plant produces cars for the China market and is also a hub for exports to Germany and Japan. It delivered 56,515 vehicles in February, including 33,315 for export, according to the China Passenger Car Association.

This represents an average of approximately 2,018 vehicles per day.

• Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

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