Tesla is planning to resume production at Shanghai on April 18 - sources

Tesla is planning to resume production at Shanghai on April 18 - sources ...

SHANGHAI, April 15 (Reuters) - Tesla is planning to resume manufacturing at its Shanghai factory on Monday after a three-week delay, after receiving the go-ahead from local authorities. Two people familiar with the matter said the same day.

Shanghai's manufacturing was hampered on March 28 after the city began implementing lockdown measures to combat a spike in COVID-19 cases, which were later implemented around the country.

The return of production has the help of local authorities, but it may still be subjected to change depending on how the epidemic situation develops in the city, according to the people who have refused to be named as the matter is confidential.

One expert said the US automobile manufacturer planned to start with one shift and would gradually ramp up.

Tesla and the Shanghai government have not responded immediately to a request for clarification.

According to Reuters' internal output estimates, the latest stoppage was the longest since the factory began production in late 2019. It has resulted in an output loss of more than 50,000 units.

Though logistics in the city and surrounding areas have been severely disrupted by China's COVID restrictions, there might be difficulties in acquiring auto parts.

He Xiaopeng, the head of Chinese electric-car manufacturer Xpeng, said on Thursday that automakers in China may have to suspend production in May if suppliers in Shangahi and surrounding areas wereunable to resume work.

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