Tesla exports first cars from Shanghai since factory reopened – media

A Tesla panel is seen at its factory in Shanghai, China, May 13, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song

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SHANGHAI, May 11 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) made its first exports from China on Wednesday since reopening its Shanghai factory on April 19, as a shipment of 4,767 cars left for Slovenia , reported the government-backed news outlet Shanghai Observer. reported.

Vehicle carrier Glovis Splendor left port early Wednesday, bound for the Slovenian port of Koper, according to the Shanghai-based outlet.

“Tesla was in a rush to load cars fresh off production lines onto the ship yesterday afternoon,” Shanghai Observer said, citing a customs official.

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Tesla also arranged for 4,100 cars to be shipped on Friday, he said, adding that the automaker aims to export 300,000 cars from Shanghai in 2022.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

The shipment reflects Tesla’s efforts to return operations to normal levels at its Shanghai factory, which manufactures the Model 3 and Model Y for sale in China and for export.

Tesla has not exported Chinese-made Model 3s or Model Ys from the Shanghai plant in April, the China Passenger Car Association said on Tuesday, as China’s zero COVID-19 policies disrupted production and the deliveries.

The company’s sales in China fell 98% in April from a month earlier, the data also showed.

The reopening of the plant on April 19 was carried out with the help of the Shanghai government and widely covered by Chinese state media. He was touted as an example of how the city is trying to keep business open while pursuing tough COVID policy.

Tesla has made 10,757 cars at its Shanghai plant since it reopened on April 19 through April 30, and had set a goal of hitting daily production of 2,600 vehicles a day from May 16, reported Reuters previously. Read more

Shanghai factories trying to get back into full swing have seen their efforts complicated by city authorities who have tightened the lockdown to stamp out COVID-19 outbreaks.

Tesla’s factory was operating well below capacity earlier this week due to logistics and supply line issues.

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(This story refiles to correct spelling of Glovis Splendor in paragraph 2)

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Reporting by Zhang Yan and Brenda Goh; Editing by Christopher Cushing, Jacqueline Wong and Simon Cameron-Moore

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