China just had their Labor Day long weekend holiday from May 1-5, where Tesla saw a huge increase in demand and was reportedly receiving over 1,000 Model 3 orders per day.
It was also during this holiday that Tesla shut down Giga Shanghai’s production lines, and didn’t restart them when the holiday was over on May 6. Rumours began to circulate on social media and media outlets that there was a supply chain shortage which forced the shutdown.
Some Tesla GF3 processes still on, but assembly halted probably until 9 May. At least in part, halt is due to scarce parts., #China media on production halt citing unnamed Tesla sources.
Earlier reports guessed Tesla had supply issue as parts stuck in harbors due to pandemic. pic.twitter.com/ujCrkW2pAx
— Moneyball (@DKurac) May 7, 2020
However, the folks at Tesmanian reached out to Tesla China for clarification on the shut down, and received confirmation that there is no parts shortage, and the shutdown is strictly for route maintenance.
“Tesla China PR officially told us that the Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai is under the normal production schedule adjustment/maintenance, the production line is being commissioned and maintained through this holiday time (Chinese Labor Day Holiday, May 1st – 5th), all aspects of work are proceeding as planned. Rumor about the parts shortages is incorrect.“