Tesla will bring some 200 engineers and production staff from its newly renovated factory in Shanghai, China, to its factory in Fremont, California (which recently built the Number 2 EV). Thanks to improvements at the Shanghai factory, Tesla China has managed to reduce delivery times to between one and four weeks, compared to 22 weeks earlier in 2022.

If you order a Model Y in the US, you may have to wait until next spring for delivery. Chinese personnel will begin arriving in California this month and will stay there for up to three months, according to Automotive News, citing unnamed sources within the company.

The Texas-based automaker delivered 343,830 vehicles worldwide in the third quarter of 2022, a 35% increase from the second quarter when it sold 254,695 vehicles. Most of this decline was due to the increased production rate in China, which was not only attributed to the factory upgrade, but also to Tesla China fixing the chain issues. supply and the lifting of pandemic restrictions in the second half.

Unless Tesla is able to ramp up US deliveries, it could miss its self-imposed goal of selling 50% more cars in 2022 than in 2021. That means it would have to sell 1, 4 million cars through the end of the year, which currently seems unlikely given that Nikkei Asia reported in early October that by then Tesla had sold just over 908,000 vehicles.

Will Chinese staff be able to help enough for Tesla to deliver nearly half a million cars through December 31? Well, given that Elon Musk said transportation and logistics were the main hurdles – there just aren’t enough vehicles to move his new cars, according to Musk; it doesn’t seem like a problem Tesla could solve on its own.

According to a Reuters report, Tesla also plans to keep its Shanghai factory (pictured in the gallery above) at near-full capacity (93%) until the end of the year, likely to try to make up for problems elsewhere. The Chinese plant could have increased its weekly production from 17,000 vehicles per week to around 22,000 units produced thanks to the aforementioned upgrade.


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