Tesla to Cut 75% On-Site Staff at Nevada Battery Plant

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), the U.S. electric carmaker is planning to cut on-site staff at its Nevada battery plant by almost 75% because of the coronavirus pandemic, the local county manager stated on Thursday.

The big Lay-off

 The move has surfaced following its Japanese battery partner Panasonic Corp (6752.T) stated it would scale down operations at the Nevada factory this week before shutting it for 14 days.

The factory generates electric motors and battery packs for Tesla’s famous Model 3 sedans.

“Tesla has informed us that the Gigafactory in Storey County is reducing on-site staff by roughly 75% in the coming days,” Austin Osborne stated in a post on the county’s website.

No more details were available and it was not evident how many employees work in the factory. Tesla did not quickly respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Manufacturing Ventilators

The Reno Gazette-Journal, which earlier reported about the planning of suspension measure, stated that Panasonic has about 3,500 employees at the Nevada plant.

Tesla stated last week that it would temporarily halt production at its vehicle factory situated in the San Francisco Bay Area from the end of March 23, along with its New York solar roof tile factory.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, however, said that the company is going to reopen the New York plant “as soon as humanly possible” to manufacture ventilators for coronavirus patients.

Two employees working for Tesla have tested positive for coronavirus; however, have been working from home for the past two weeks and had not been symptomatic at work, Tesla wrote in an email to employees on Thursday. It did not reveal which unit or at what location the employees work.

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