Tesla on both sides of the ocean: Shanghai produces and sells, California roars back to work

“Tesla is a symbol of technology and wealth inequality,” and musk’s “Dragon Land” California suddenly has a strange atmosphere, with the Fremont plant struggling to get back to work and workers complaining about the much-vandals of the resurgent epidemic and the enormous intensity of work. On the other hand, with 100,000 corporate layoffs in eight weeks in the Bay Area of California, Tesla’s owners need to keep a low profile so that they don’t be labeled as “liberal elites” and offend the poor.

The other end of the globe, is the Shanghai factory scenery unique, Model 3 production and sales of two million …

The expansion of Tesla’s Shanghai super plant is in full swing, with new buildings building up and model Y expected to be produced in less than a year, the electric car industry website Electrek reported Tuesday.

Tesla on both sides of the ocean: Shanghai produces and sells, California roars back to work

A screenshot of the report.

Tesla’s Vice President for China, Tao Lin, said earlier that Tesla’s Shanghai Super plant is progressing well in capacity climbs and construction of its second-stage plant, with Model 3 production expected to increase by more than 30 percent in the next month, achieving its goal of producing 4,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June and starting production of model Y in the first quarter of 2021.

To achieve this expansion, Tesla’s Shanghai superplant is moving forward with the second phase of construction, doubling the size of the plant to meet more local parts production needs.

Electrek also attached a newly shot of the Tesla factory aerial video, which shows the construction of the second phase of the site being fully rolled out. Buildings with only reinforced structures a few weeks ago have now begun to build roofs. About 500 Model 3s are also seen waiting for delivery, and the domestic Tesla Model 3 long-range model, originally scheduled for delivery in June, has begun delivering to the first owners ahead of schedule.

Tesla on both sides of the ocean: Shanghai produces and sells, California roars back to work

Screenshot of Tesla’s Shanghai factory aerial capture video

The construction of Tesla’s Shanghai Super plant has been on track, with the Model 3 in just one year.

Tesla first released a video in April revealing details inside the Shanghai superfactory after China’s stage victory in the fight against the outbreak. At the time, the Shanghai plant, the only one in the world to operate, reopened on February 10 this year, and in an official video released about 1/2 minutes, robots outnumbered employees, showing the tesla plant’s superior level of automation.

It is worth noting that the Shanghai government has played an important role in controlling the outbreak and assisting Tesla in resuming work. First Finance learned in March from the Shanghai Economic and Information Commission that the relevant parties coordinated the resumption of production of eight suppliers in the upstream and downstream industrial chain of Tesla’s Shanghai Super plant to promote the resumption of normal production of vehicle companies.

Chen Jing, a representative of the National People’s Congress and secretary-general of the Shanghai Municipal Government, said that in the outbreak prevention and control of this thrilling examination,…… Shanghai issued five versions of the enterprise guide, “hui enterprises” 28 and so on to help enterprises through the difficulties of the key, the Municipal People’s Congress also in the country first implemented the “Shanghai To optimize the business environment regulations.” Under the guidance of such policy support and measures, Tesla and Disney’s production and control have become international standards.

But with Model 3’s local lying parts accounting for only 30 percent of all components, and with Tesla still relying on imports of key components, including electric motors and cores, Tesla has been looking to expand the plant to integrate production vertically and localize parts in China’s Model 3.

Musk roars for the return of work

At the other end of the globe, Tesla’s production is still “falling off the chain”, with resistance to re-entry and difficult to replicate Chinese experience and standards, much to Musk’s annoyance.

On May 9, Tesla filed a lawsuit in a California court suing the Alameda County government on the grounds that the county prevented the company’s Fremont, California, plant from returning to work, but it was rejected by the court.

Tesla’s California plant began shutting down on March 24 as a result of the outbreak.

More than a month after the plant closed, Musk began venting his anxiety in strange ways on social media, posting a trump-style rant calling the American community’s response to the new corona virus “stupid” and demanding that politicians immediately “liberate America,” but it actually means returning to work. He listed his $62.5 million personal fortune in California, threatened to sell “almost all of his tangible property” and threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and future projects from California to Texas or Nevada.

On May 11, Musk forced workers to recall workers to the Fremont plant in defiance of a local Alameda County government quarantine order.

On May 12, Alameda County agreed to tesla’s resumption of work, provided that “specific security measures and social distance agreements are in place.”

Tesla on both sides of the ocean: Shanghai produces and sells, California roars back to work

Many local workers were angry, and a worker who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation said it was frightening and frustrating that Musk put the lives of his colleagues at risk in pursuit of profit.

“It’s a matter of life and death, ” he said. ” We’re basically talking about each other. “

“Shanghai Plan” is difficult to re-inscribe

Alameda County officials and Tesla executives met on May 12 to draw on Tesla’s Shanghai superplant program and developed a series of safety measures for resumption of work, including a series of risk assessments, increased lounge space, temperature measurement, and adjustment of workers’ distribution throughout the plant. On May 14th the company further proposed that a 20-minute interval between shifts was set to reduce the risk of close contact between workers on shifts.

But workers say these measures have not been implemented, such as shift time, which is shortened to 10 minutes the next day, because more than 1,000 people need to rotate their positions during that period. Others said that people did not comply with “social distances”; that some deliberately did not wear masks to express their support for President Trump’s political stance; and that others had tried to remove their masks after hours of physical labor to rest, and that they had not been punished according to the rules.

“It raises questions about whether our lives are worth $20 an hour, ” said the anonymous worker.

Tesla on both sides of the ocean: Shanghai produces and sells, California roars back to work

Tesla workers protest outside the plant, holding signs such as “Need protection”, “Work or death” in their hands, social media images

After a week of media bashing and employee protests, Musk has sent another “red pill” tweet, a “hacking empire” that is popular among the American far right and conspiracy theorists and clearly offensive in “blue states” California, where the San Francisco Weekly rated Musk’s “weird behavior” on social media to an “unprecedented level.”

This sharp contradiction has also led to a strange atmosphere in California, with the San Francisco Weekly report saying that if you have a Tesla, even if you park on the streets of the relatively well-policed Portrero Hill, you may face some how to destroy it.

“Tesla is a symbol of technology and wealth inequality,” said Erik Hansen, who bought a Model 3 just a week ago, and one of his rear-view mirrors has been removed.

Hansen suspects that the spoilers are motivated by an anti-middle-class anxiety, and he sympathizes with it – because his wife was born and raised locally in San Francisco, and he has repeatedly stressed that buying a Tesla is about its reliability and durability, not the pursuit of social status.

Hansen also understands that in the eyes of many, the owner of a luxury electric car is likely to be like this: the young liberal elite, Musk’s fans, living in expensive houses by the sea, pushing up local house prices while talking about topics like climate change…

It’s worth noting that Fremont, California, is Musk’s “dragon land”, and in 2009 Tesla paid Toyota $42 million for the car manufacturing plant and turned it into one of the most advanced auto automation plants in the United States, where the first Tesla Model S went on the market to help Tesla go public and profitable from a loss-making company.

“I’ve never worked for a company as crazy as Tesla, ” complains Carlos Gabriel, an assembly line worker at the Fremont plant, today.

He has refused to return to work because of safety concerns, and Tesla says workers who refuse to return to work can continue to take “unpaid leave” and maintain labor relations, but Gabriel is not too hopeful that “they will either fire you or change their mind”, saying, “It’s a modern sweatshop” where he usually works 72 hours a week.

Art, 61, who did not give his last name, said he and his colleagues were “shoulder-to-shoulder” at work and did not have a 6-foot interval, and that many workers had to get up at 3:30 a.m. and start work at 5 or 6 a.m.

I don’t know if my eight-hour shift a day will suddenly be extended to 10 hours, Art said, and he doesn’t know when he can have a break, usually 35 minutes at lunchtime and 10 minutes for a 2-3 hour work day, but the schedule is often irregular enough for him to eat lunch on time.

Of course, employees at the Tesla plant may not have more options. The Bay Area of California has shed 100,000 jobs in eight weeks, with Tesla’s Fremont plant bearing the brunt, local media reported Wednesday.

Tesla on both sides of the ocean: Shanghai produces and sells, California roars back to work

Screenshot of the Mercury News report

There have been media reports that Fremont police stepped in to monitor whether the Tesla plant strictly complied with the return safety measures, but workers interviewed by the San Francisco Weekly said they had not seen police at the peak of the shift, and that there had been police at the Model Y assembly line, but that assembly line was different from other assembly lines and that it was not staffed enough.

Fremont police said they had no ability to monitor compliance with thousands of businesses in the district, and county health officials did not make such a request. They were alerted or asked to be supervised, and the Tesla plant did make one such request, and in the inspection, Tesla fully complied with the requirements.

The San Francisco Weekly estimates that about 5 to 10 percent of workers are currently refusing to return to work.

Gabriel organized a small-scale workers’ protest on the 16th, saying that while many locals appreciate disapproval of Musk’s factory to solve the employment problem, Musk himself has never shown any recognition of the local community, and he has been threatening for months to move the plant, which houses 10,000 blue-collar workers, from the Bay Area, regardless of whether it would have disastrous consequences for the local economy.

Musk just wanted to move the factory to a place where he could kill workers at will, Gabriel said.

Unfortunately, Tesla did not join the Auto Workers union, the only difference among all major U.S. auto companies, making it almost impossible for Tesla employees to defend their rights, the San Francisco Weekly added.

“Dangerous” and “Machine” in the Bright Eyes Quarterly Report

U.S. electric-car giant Tesla reported its first-quarter results for 2020 after a u.S. stock market on April 29. Tesla’s first-quarter revenue was $5.985 billion, up 32 percent from a year earlier and above market expectations of $5.9 billion, while under U.S. accounting standards, net profit attributable to shareholders of publicly traded companies was $16 million, beating market expectations of $200 million, compared with a $700 million loss a year earlier, the data showed.

In March 2020, 192,400 new energy passenger cars were sold worldwide, down 15% from a year earlier, according to the company’s May 6 sales figures for new energy passenger cars on the EV Sales website. But thanks to deliveries of locally produced models in China, Tesla won the world’s top-selling title in March with 601,000 vehicles, well ahead of other companies.

However, since the European and American response to the new crown outbreak is relatively late than China’s, the January-March data do not fully reflect the extent of the impact on the automotive market.

On April 21st IHS Markit, a market research firm, sharply cut its forecast for global light vehicle sales for 2020, cutting global sales of light vehicles, including cars and trucks, by 22% to 70.3million vehicles a year and us sales down 26.6 per cent to 12.5m units, the lowest level since 2010. For the whole of Western and Central Europe, car sales will fall 24.9 per cent this year to 13.6m vehicles.

With China’s effective control of the epidemic, the domestic economy has gradually ushered in a recovery, the auto motive industry is also rapidly rebounding. Data released by the China Automobile Association showed that China’s auto production and sales in March were about 1.422 million and 1.43 million units, respectively, up 399.2% and 361.4% month-on-month, respectively, down 44.5% and 43.3% year-on-year, respectively, a decline of 35.3 and 35.8 percentage points from February.

More than a dozen chinese cities have introduced incentives to encourage car purchases to get the car market back on track as soon as possible.