In a statement, the local county manager of U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Inc stated, the on-site staff at its Nevada battery plant will be slashed by 75% because of the Wuhan coronavirus.
The development comes in the wake of Panasonic Corp, Tesla’s Japanese battery partner, saying it would scale down operations at the Nevada factory this week before closing it for 14 days.
The plant produces electric motors and battery packs for Tesla’s 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,” said Austin Osborne, the local county manager in a post on the county’s website.
No further details were available; it was not clear how many employees work in the Nevada factory.
Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comments.
According to a report from the Reno Gazette Journal, Panasonic has around 3,500 employees at the Nevada plant.
Last week, Tesla had said it would temporarily suspend production at its vehicle factory in San Francisco Bay Area from March 24; Teslas has also temporarily suspended production at its New York solar roof tile factory.
However, Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO has said, it will reopen the New York factory “as soon as humanly possible” in order to manufacture ventilators for coronavirus patients.