Tesla Giga Shanghai has sent the first ship with China-made Model 3s and Model Ys to Europe after resuming production following a three-week shutdown. This will help fulfill some orders that have extended waiting times due to unforeseen circumstances.
The ship, which was carrying 4,767 Tesla electric vehicles manufactured at Giga Shanghai, departed the port of Shanghai for Slovenia Wednesday morning. The information was obtained from the Shanghai Customs, English News reported. Shanghai Customs said it had established a communication channel with Tesla to coordinate online customs services and expedite the delivery of orders.
Thus, a batch of Chinese-made Tesla cars will be delivered to Europe to support the ever-increasing demand. In March, production started at Giga Berlin, so the factory will also be able to supply cars to the European market. Although the facility is currently operating only in one shift, the second shift is expected to start in the second quarter. This means that Giga Berlin will be much more productive and will be able to partially fill the gap in deliveries from Giga Shanghai.
This was the first export delivery of Tesla vehicles from Shanghai after March. For three weeks in April, the factory did not work due to the aggravation of the situation with COVID-19, and the production of all manufacturers in the metropolis was stopped entirely. The manufacturer managed to launch production starting on April 19 and produced almost 11,000 vehicles in less than 10 days.
In the first four months of this year, Tesla's Shanghai plant delivered 183,686 vehicles, more than 1.7 times more than in the same period last year, and already more than the 2020 total.
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