The Shanghai Gigafactory, which supplies Tesla Model 3s to European customers, is resuming a production rate worthy of the name after 22 days of closure and several weeks in slow motion. Which, in the long term, could perhaps impact the delivery times which have become very long.
Regular price increases, delivery times constantly pushed back… In France, new Tesla customers are bearing the full brunt of the various crises affecting the automotive sector – rising raw materials, factories shut down, shortage of components.
The Model 3s, in particular, manufactured at the Gigafactory in Shanghai, take a considerable time to be delivered to European customers. A Propulsion or Long Autonomy version ordered in May will, for example, arrive in your homes between January and March of the year 2023, depending on the configurator.
The machine is restarted
It must be said that the start of the year was not kind to Tesla’s industrial site based in China. Production was halted 100% for twenty-two days – until April 19 – before resuming at a moderate pace. The manufacturer had no choice: the authorities imposed containment in order to limit the spread of Covid-19.
The factory then reopened under very specific conditions: 8,000 employees were authorized to return to work… provided that they slept and ate on site. Without the production level reaching 100%. But now the situation is starting to change, according to information from Reuters.
According to the news agency, Tesla would be ready to increase the production rate to 2,600 units per day from Tuesday, May 24, 2022, or a weekly production of 16,000 models. According Electrekthis pace could lead Tesla to assemble more than 800,000 electric cars in Shanghai alone, during the year.
A year 2022 still uncertain
As we know, the Californian firm is working hard to set new annual records. In addition to the race for numbers, it is indeed customers on the Old Continent who could benefit from this upturn with potentially shortened delivery times if Tesla manages to catch up between supply and demand.
On the other hand, it is difficult to predict a 2022 vintage without any additional turbulence: the second half could very well be marked by a new confinement which would then calm the ardor of the American manufacturer. For the moment, in any case, the productive rhythm seems to be resuming its course.
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