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Tesla Plans to Partly Resume Production in Shanghai Plant Soon

  • Company tells workers to enter ‘closed-loop’ output system
  • SAIC is also considering initial return to work, memo says
The Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai.
The Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai.Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Tesla Inc. is calling back its workers in Shanghai to prepare for the initial resumption of production as soon as next week, after a weeks-long suspension because of the city’s strict lockdown to contain the Covid outbreak, people familiar with the matter said.

The electric vehicle pioneer told some employees on Friday to enter a so-called “closed-loop” production system on April 17, whereby workers live on-site and are tested regularly, according to the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is not public.