Tesla has reduced its number of on location laborers at its Nevada gigafactory by 75% because of the developing spread of COVID-19, as per an update from Storey County, where the enormous plant is found.
This news, which was first detailed by Bloomberg, was part of a bigger update at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center and its reaction to COVID-19, an ailment brought about by coronavirus. The exclusive 107,000-section of land industrial park, also known as TRIC, is home to the Tesla gigafactory.
Tesla’s choice to decrease their staff follows a move by its gigafactory business partner, Panasonic, to pull every one of the 3,500 of its workers from the site over worries about the spread of COVID-19. Panasonic said in a March 20th statement that it would decrease operations over a 14 day period, then close down tasks. That move only affected Panasonic workers. Tesla also employs a thousands of workers at the Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada.
The Gigafactory 1 plant in Nevada produces Model 3 electric engines and battery packs, along with Tesla’s Powerwall and Powerpack products. Panasonic makes cells, which Tesla uses to make battery packs for its electric vehicles.
Tesla’s other factory is in Fremont, Calif., where it creates the Model X, Model S, Model 3 and now the Model Y. Tesla has diminished staff at the Fremont plant from 10,000 laborers to around 2,500.