Xiaomi plans to implement double shifts for SU7 production in June, according to report.

Xiaomi, a new player in the electric vehicle market, is facing soaring demand for its inaugural model, the all-electric SU7 sedan. Reports indicate that the company’s Beijing factory is gearing up to shift to a double-shift production schedule, doubling daily operating hours and potentially increasing monthly output to nearly 20,000 units. This update, sourced from local media outlet Cailian, follows Xiaomi’s announcement of delivering its 10,000th SU7 sedan. As a result of this surge in demand, SU7 customers are now experiencing extended wait times of 30-37 weeks before they can take delivery of their vehicles.

In response, Xiaomi is planning to extend daily operations at its Beijing plant from 8 to 16 hours, potentially doubling the monthly output. CEO Lei Jun has previously highlighted the factory’s capacity to produce 40 SU7s per hour, translating to a new vehicle every 76 seconds, as reported by CNEV Post. In preparation for the ramped-up production, Xiaomi has been recruiting additional assembly line workers, conducting equipment maintenance during the Labor Day holiday, and collaborating with parts suppliers to boost orders by 80% for some components. This surge in demand for the SU7, which was introduced in late March, has been a pleasant surprise for Xiaomi.

The electric car, available in three trims with a starting price of around $29,850, aims to undercut competitors like the Tesla Model 3 sedan and is targeting buyers seeking an upgrade from their current Model 3 sedans.

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