Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) delivered 17.9% fewer electric vehicles in the second quarter from the previous quarter, as China’s COVID 19-related shutdown disrupted its production and supply chain. The world’s biggest electric car maker said that it delivered 254,695 vehicles in the April to June period, compared with 310,048 vehicles in the preceding quarter, ending a nearly two-year-long run of record quarterly deliveries. A resurgence in COVID-19 cases in China had forced Tesla to temporarily suspend production at its Shanghai factory and also affected suppliers’ facilities in the country. Tesla is ramping up production at the Shanghai factory with the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown, which will help boost deliveries in the second half. Early in June, Ch
ief Executive Officer Elon Musk told executives that he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy and needed to cut about 10% of staff at the electric car maker. Musk has said demand for Tesla vehicles remains strong, but supply-chain challenges remain. In June, Tesla again hiked prices for some of its models in the United States and China after Musk had warned of significant inflationary pressure on raw materials and logistics.June 2022 was the highest vehicle production month in the company’s history, Tesla said in a news release. Analysts had expected Tesla to report deliveries of 295,078 vehicles for the April to June period, according to Refinitiv data. Several analysts had slashed their estimates further to about 250,000 due to China’s prolonged lockdown. The world’s most valuable automaker has posted record deliveries every quarter since the third quarter of 2020, weathering pandemic and supply-chain disruptions better than most automakers. China has been instrumental in Tesla’s rapid increase in vehicle production, with the low-cost, lucrative Shanghai factory producing roughly half of the company’s total cars delivered last year. Musk said in April that Tesla’s overall vehicle production in the second quarter would be “roughly on par” with the first quarter, driven by a China rebound. But he recently said Tesla had a “very tough quarter,” citing production and supply-chain challenges in China. Musk also said Tesla’s new factories in Texas and Berlin are “gigantic money furnaces” losing billions of dollars as they struggle to increase production quickly. Tesla shares have fallen 35% so far this year, hit by Musk’s $44 billion proposed acquisition of Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), the China lockdown, and macroeconomic uncertainties.Source: Reuters
After India had done its second nuclear test named POKHRAN-II on 11 and 13 May 1998, that was the time to reveal to the world the hard work and planning based over almost 2 decades done by genius minds behind Pakistan Nuclear Programme, the government has decided to answer the Indian test by doing country’s first Nuclear test named Chaghi – I.It is not hidden and many believe that Pakistan may have had an atomic device long before in 1977 also Pakistan had successfully conducted a COLD-TEST of its first atomic bomb in 1983. “DR. A.Q KHAN – A GEM PERSON” Being the nation’s first engineering newspaper THE ENGINEER NEWSPAPER have the privilege to meet this great National Icon many times and have many talks with him, from the Founder of THE ENGINEER Late. Mr. Rehman Akhtar, former editor late. Mr. Rehman Nasir to me we all met Dr. A.Q Khan on different occasions, I still remember when the first time I met him in the IEP building in Karachi in December 2012, at that time I was 19 years old, he was a chief guest of that event, I found him such a ground to earth person with a very polite nature, he said to me “WE HAD DONE OUR JOB FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY NOW ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, THE YOUTH OF THE COUNTRY TO CARRY ON OUR LEGACY TO SERVE THE NATION, TAKE CARE OF IT AT ALL COST”, I have no doubt in that Dr. A.Q Khan is a definition of patriotism. What more a one could say or write about him no words can describe what he has done for the country, surely this day shall be remembered for always and this country shall never forget him, we are in debited to him. May ALLAH grant him the highest rank in Jannah Ameen.