Foreign media: Tesla's Nevada battery factory plans to reduce on-site staff by 75%

In the afternoon of March 27th, Beijing time, according to foreign media, due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the American electric car manufacturer Tesla plans to reduce its on-site staff at its Nevada battery plant by about 75%.

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Earlier, the company's Japanese battery partner Panasonic said it would reduce the size of its Nevada plant operations this week and then shut down the plant for 14 days.

This plant produces Tesla Model 3 series motors and batteries.

"Tesla has informed us that the Super Factory in Stori County will reduce its on-site staff by about 75% in the next few days," Austin Osborne posted on the county government website.

No further details have been disclosed and it is unclear how many employees work at the plant. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

The Reno Gazette Journal, which earlier reported the shutdown, said Panasonic had about 3,500 employees at its Nevada plant.

Tesla said last week that it will temporarily suspend production of auto plants in the San Francisco Bay Area and a solar roof tile factory in New York starting March 23.

However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company would reopen the New York plant "as soon as possible" to make ventilators for patients with the new coronavirus.

In an email sent to employees on Thursday, Tesla said that two of the company's employees had tested positive for the new coronavirus, but they had been working from home for the past two weeks and had no symptoms at work. The company did not disclose which department the employees worked in or where they worked.