Tesla hoping to restart Giga Shanghai production on April 18: Report

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The longest shutdown of Giga Shanghai appears to be nearing its end. According to sources familiar with the plans that spoke with Reuters, Tesla is hoping to resume production on Monday, April 18.

According to the sources, Tesla has received approval from local authorities to resume operations at the factory.

However, due to the fluid nature of the situation in Shanghai, those plans could still change by the time Monday rolls around.

If the timeline holds, Tesla won’t be restarting the factory at 100% capacity. Instead the plans call for a single shift on Monday, with a gradual ramp up in the following days.

Even with Tesla restarting production, they will still be hampered by supply chain issues as many of their suppliers have also been shutdown and will also be resuming operations in the coming days and weeks.

If the report is accurate, the production lines will start rolling again exactly three weeks after they first shut down on March 28 due to lockdowns to battle a surge in COVID-19 cases in China.

That shutdown was only supposed to last 4 days, but stricter and more widespread lockdowns have seen the shutdown extended several times.

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