Abandoned factories and an old military facility in China are currently sheltering Tesla employees in the company’s desperate struggle to avoid production shutdown due to the coronavirus.
Bloomberg writes that employees are protected from the rest of the population so that Tesla’s Gigafactory outside Shanghai can perform two shifts at the plant.
China’s strategy of not spreading the virus has been put to the test in recent months, with the disease spreading dramatically in many parts of the country. Shanghai is one of the cities that has imposed strict restrictions due to the outbreak.
Tesla’s Shanghai plant was one of several in the big city that closed for several weeks before production began in mid-April. The Chinese authorities are asking factories to isolate workers in order to maintain production, according to Reuters.
The electric car maker plans to restore production from Tuesday to levels it was at before the shutdown, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters. This means that up to 2,600 cars can be produced in one day, more than double from Monday’s levels.
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According to Bloomberg, the first shift that has been in the plant since April 19 has been working 12 hours a day and sleeping on the floor at the plant.
When the second shift is now isolated with the first, all employees will remain at an old military facility and at several abandoned factories in the area around the Tesla plant when employees are not at work, according to sources Bloomberg spoke to. Tesla has not confirmed working conditions, but the regulations require employees to be isolated.
A Tesla spokesperson in China told Bloomberg that they had no new information about the operating status of the plant.
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