February 15 (UPI) — Electric car maker Tesla has resumed delivery of its Shanghai-based model 3,media reported. Prior to that, Tesla stopped production and delivery due to an outbreak of coronavirus pneumonia. A Tesla enthusiast in Shanghai posted a new photo on Twitter showing the Model 3 being loaded into a car carrier.
Shares in Tesla China briefly fell after the outbreak of the new coronavirus, on the advice of Tesla Executive Tao Lin, stopped delivering and producing Model 3 in China. On top of that, Chinese citizens who have been expecting Tesla’s electric cars are being forced to wait longer.
On February 10th Tesla resumed production at its Shanghai plant by busing workers to the plant. Meanwhile, LG Chem, Tesla’s domestic Model 3 battery supplier, has resumed operations. While China is still struggling to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus, other companies in Shanghai have resumed operations.
Although the outbreak is not over, Tesla is already preparing to deliver the latest Model 3. So far, Tesla has reported that up to 3,000 Model 3 cars are produced per week in Shanghai.
Overall, Tesla doesn’t seem to be worried about the impact of the temporary closure of its Shanghai plant, with chief financial officer Zach Kirkhorn saying the company is not too worried about its financial situation being hit hard by the outbreak, as the Shanghai plant is just beginning to produce cars.