April 5, 2022 · less than 3 min read
Rising coronavirus cases in the area force Tesla to keep the doors of its largest factory shut.
Covid’s gonna covid
With a spike in coronavirus cases throughout Shanghai, businesses have been forced to close their doors and keep workers home. Elon Musk’s Tesla factory is no different – production has so far been paused for more than a week, and there doesn’t yet appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
The Shanghai factory is Tesla’s largest in the world. According to Reuters, it produces around 6,000 Model 3 and 10,000 Model Y vehicles every week. So, closed factory doors are a real spanner in the works for Elon.
Hard times? Give us a break
Tesla had initially hoped to reopen its doors yesterday (Monday 4th), but with ‘rona’ still raging, the shutters remain firmly down.
Although a real pain, Musk is unlikely to be losing any sleep over the closure just yet. He called the first quarter of the year ‘exceptionally’ difficult – even though Tesla reported a record 310,048 vehicle deliveries. And with a new plant opening in Austin, Texas this week – along with last month’s grand opening in Berlin – we won’t be getting the tiny violins out just yet.
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