Tesla Extends Shanghai Plant Suspension Amid COVID-19 Lockdowns

Tesla has extended plans to suspend production at its Shanghai factory on Friday and Saturday, further delaying the reopening of the manufacturing hub for its Model 3 and Model Y cars.

The Shanghai factory, located in the Pudong district east of the city’s Huangpu River, suspended production from Monday to Thursday after the city imposed a two-stage lockdown to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The lockdown on districts east of the river is scheduled to lift in the early hours of April 1, and the U.S. automaker initially planned to resume production that day. 

However, Tesla canceled production plans for April 1 and April 2.

Tesla has failed to obtain permission from the Shanghai government to deliver assembled electric cars outside of Pudong to the western regions of the city.

Tesla may have opted to extend the suspension because of a shortage of workers, with lockdowns continuing on some housing compounds.

Tesla strictly implemented China’s epidemic prevention and control standards and would adjust its work based on the government’s COVID-19 prevention policies.

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