Tesla Restart Full Production in California After Contentious Public Feud
Tesla executives told employees that the company’s facility in Fremont, California will restart full production this week, Business Insider reported. The San Francisco Chronicle obtained a letter from Tesla officials to the employees, informing them of the local government’s approval to restart full operation.
The closure of the Fremont facility during the pandemic raised contention between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Alameda County government, which regulates the city of Fremont. At one point Musk threatened to move Tesla’s productions out of California.
Musk has voiced his disapproval of government-issued stay-at-home orders and economic lockdown, which he called “unconstitutional” and “facist.” The Tesla CEO tweeted last week that Tesla would reopen its Fremont facility against local government’s rules, and said, “if anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”
Officials in Alameda County said on May 13 that Tesla’s Fremont plant could resume operations as an exception to the county’s “Minimum Business Operations” orders, which ask businesses to scale down productions for safety concerns.
The Alameda County Public Health Department said in a statement:
Provided that the data show progress with our COVID-19 indicators... we would allow additional approved activities for local businesses, including Tesla, as previously planned.