Car maker Tesla produced nearly 20 percent fewer cars in the second quarter than in the previous three months. This is evident from figures that the company will publish on Thursday. In the second quarter, the factory in Fremont, USA, was closed for over six weeks.
In mid-March, Tesla was forced to close the California plant because of the coronavirus outbreak and because car production is not an essential activity. Two months later, CEO Elon Musk announced that he would reopen the factory.
As a result of the closure, 82,272 Teslas rolled off the line between early April and late June. There were 102,672 in the previous quarter. Fewer of the Model S were built.
At the end of March, the automaker was forced to close its factory in Fremont, California. It was not allowed to open again until early May. According to CEO Elon Musk, car production has now returned to the level of before the corona crisis.
Against a decrease in production, there was an increase in the number of delivered Teslas. In the second quarter, the manufacturer delivered 90,650 cars. That was 88,400 a quarter earlier.
Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote in an internal email to employees to do their utmost to ensure that the company is not at a loss, despite the corona crisis.
It is not yet known whether it has succeeded. Tesla comes later with its profit figures.