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Exclusive-Tesla halts most output at Shanghai plant, April sales dive

Economy May 10, 2022 07:21AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Tesla China-made Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at the carmaker's factory in Shanghai, China January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -Tesla Inc has halted most of its production at its Shanghai plant due to problems securing parts for its electric vehicles, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters, the latest in a series of difficulties for the factory.

The automaker's sales in China had already slumped by 98% in April from a month earlier, data released by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) showed on Tuesday, underscoring the hit from China's hard COVID-19 lockdowns.

Shanghai is in its sixth week of an intensifying lockdown that has tested the ability of manufacturers to operate amid hard restrictions on the movement of people and materials.

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) planned to manufacture fewer than 200 vehicles at its factory in the city on Tuesday, according to the memo, far below the roughly 1,200 units per day it had ramped up to shortly after reopening on April 19 following a 22-day closure.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

After reopening, the factory produced 10,757 vehicles by the end of April, selling 1,512 of them, the CPCA said.

That compared to 65,814 cars sold in March and marked the lowest sales tally since April 2020, four months after the factory started delivering China-made cars.

Tesla did not export any China-made Model 3s and Model Ys from the Shanghai plant in April, the data showed.

Two people familiar with Tesla's operations said earlier that the Shanghai plant suspended work on Monday after it faced difficulties procuring supplies.

The company had been aiming to increase output at the plant to 2,600 cars a day as soon as next week, Reuters reported previously.

Overall passenger car sales for China, the world's largest auto market, dropped almost 36% in April from a year earlier, the CPCA said. However, sales of battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids - a category China targets for incentives - rose more than 50%, boosted by particularly good performances by BYD and SAIC-GM-Wuling.

Another auto association estimated last week that overall auto sales in China had dropped 48% in April as lockdowns shut factories, limited traffic to showrooms and put the brakes on spending.

Shanghai authorities have tightened a city-wide lockdown imposed more than a month ago on the commercial hub with a population of 25 million, a move that could extend curbs on movement through the month.

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gab nea
gab nea May 10, 2022 7:30AM ET
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massive recalls, shutdowns and battery fires. terrible car maker and distracted Elon social whining makes you wonder why the stock is worth that much. he is a meme swindler.
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Jack Ziegler May 10, 2022 12:00AM ET
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Source: AI Finance and Economics   [#Tesla responds to the shutdown of the Shanghai factory again#: No notification has been received for the time being] In response, Tesla China told Caijing World that it has not received a notification about the shutdown of the Shanghai factory. "It has been in production since the resumption of work on April 19, and there may be some lag in logistics."
Andrew Ray Lopez
Andrew Ray Lopez May 09, 2022 11:51PM ET
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Fake news.
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Edward Chong May 09, 2022 11:51PM ET
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haha so u working inside the plant is it. everything also fake
Jack Ziegler
Jack Ziegler May 09, 2022 11:11PM ET
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fud....
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Musk wasted billions of $ for a plant he can't even use ...
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Marxism. coming to a country near you.
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DJ Ryte brought to you by the Rpublican Party Trump and Putin
 
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