Tesla has suspended electric vehicle (EV) production at its two US facilities in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, but may expand the capacity at its Gaigafactory 3 in Shanghai, eastern China, according to media reports from China.
Tesla began EV production at Gigafactory 3 in fourth-quarter 2019 and is also building second-phase factilities there. With production suspended in the US, the importance of the Shanghai plant is increasing, and Tesla may further expand its capacity, the reports said, speculating Tesla may let it produce Model Y ahead of schedule.
The Shanghai plant was also shut down on January 31 due to the outbreak, but resumed production on February10, with 91% of worker having returned to work since March 6, the reports noted.
Gigafactory 3 turned out 2,625 Model 3 cars in January 2020 and its weekly capacity has been hiked to more than 3,000 cars at present, with a target output of 150,000 Model 3 cars for 2020.