Tesla has confirmed plans to almost double car production at its massive factory in Shanghai, which will make the production base its “largest vehicle export hub” in the world, according to a letter sent by the company to local authorities on May 1. In the letter, the US automaker thanked Shanghai authorities for allowing business to resume and offered relevant support after weeks of shutdown due to the ongoing omicron outbreak in the city, adding that it will build a new plant on land nearby its existing plant. Tesla’s annual production capacity in Shanghai will reportedly reach 1 million vehicles, double its current output of around 500,000 vehicles. [South China Morning Post]