SHANGHAI -- Local government authorities helped Tesla Inc. transport over 6,000 workers and carry out necessary disinfection work to reopen its plant here last month amid the city's lockdown, according to a letter that Tesla sent to local officials and seen by Reuters.
The letter, dated May 1 and addressed to local authorities in Shanghai's Lingang Special Area, outlined the lengths to which the city went to help Tesla, indicating the U.S. automaker's importance to Shanghai as the city tries to restart business while curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Tesla reopened its factory in Shanghai on April 19 after a 22-day stoppage, with state media widely covering the event.
In its letter, Tesla thanked Lingang officials for their support, and described how a company run by the Lingang Group had arranged buses to transport 6,000 workers of Tesla and its suppliers to the factory, and carried out disinfection work needed for the company to enter "closed loop" production.
"They fought for three consecutive days, working round the clock and non-stop to guarantee our company's workers could return to the factory," Tesla said in the letter.
The letter also outlined how Tesla planned to further expand its plant in Shanghai, confirming a Reuters report in February.