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Panasonic to suspend operations at EV battery plant for Tesla in US

Production at Gigafactory 1 to halt for 14 days after March 23 amid COVID-19 crisis

Panasonic declined to comment on the impact of the suspension on its battery production.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Panasonic will suspend operations of its electric vehicle battery plant in the U.S. that supplies EV maker Tesla in response to the new coronavirus outbreak.

The Nevada plant, known as Gigafactory 1, will close for 14 days after March 23. Tesla has already decided to suspend its assembly plant for finished vehicles in California.

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