Tesla now expects Gigafactory Shanghai shutdown to extend to at least Friday – missing out on over 24,000 EVs

by Fred Lambert

Tesla says that it now doesn’t expect to be able to restart production at Gigafactory Shanghai until at least Friday, and even that could be difficult amid a citywide lockdown that is extending longer than planned.

Tesla was supposed to restart production last weekend, but it couldn’t make it work as it wasn’t able to secure enough workers and suppliers.

This is creating a difficult situation for Tesla, and it informed employees and suppliers that it now doesn’t expect to restart production until at least Friday, April 8.

But even then it could prove difficult if the citywide lockdown is still ongoing at that point.

It will make it 12 days of Gigafactory Shanghai not being operational – the longest shutdown since it started operations in 2019.