Dec 6, 2018

Tesla's emerging China production plan plan

Tesla production plant in Fremont, California. Photo: Mason Trinca for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Tesla intends to begin production at its planned factory in Shanghai in the second half of 2019, according to multiple reports summarizing a social media post by the municipal government.

Why it matters: Per the Financial Times' Emily Feng, "Tesla is looking to build production capacity directly in China to avoid the uncertainties with importing vehicles into China. ... The plant was made possible this April, when Beijing said it would abolish ownership caps for foreign companies on electric vehicle manufacturing plants by the end of the year."

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The race to catch Nike's Vaporfly shoe before the 2020 Olympics

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Four months ago, on the very same weekend, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours, and fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon record.

Why it matters: Kipchoge and Kosgei were both wearing Nike's controversial Vaporfly sneakers, which many believed would be banned because of the performance boost provided by a carbon-fiber plate in the midsole that acted as a spring and saved the runner energy.

Reassessing the global impact of the coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Economists are rethinking projections about the broader economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak after a surge of diagnoses and deaths outside Asia and an announcement from a top CDC official that Americans should be prepared for the virus to spread here.

What's happening: The coronavirus quickly went from an also-ran concern to the most talked-about issue at the National Association for Business Economics policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Tech can't remember what to do in a down market

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Wall Street's two-day-old coronavirus crash is a wakeup alarm for Silicon Valley.

The big picture: Tech has been booming for so long the industry barely remembers what a down market feels like — and most companies are ill-prepared for one.