Musk threatens removing Tesla from California over virus restrictions

Tesla CEO Elon Musk shown here at the 2018 launch of first SpaceX Falcon Heavy threatened to move Tesla's facilities out of state Saturday as the company filed a suit against Alameda County Calif. where its U.S. plant is located

Tesla CEO Elon Musk shown here at the 2018 launch of first SpaceX Falcon Heavy threatened to move Tesla's facilities out of state Saturday as the company filed a suit against Alameda County Calif. where its U.S. plant is located

CEO Elon Musk announced his company's intentions to "immediately" file the lawsuit in a series of tweets on Saturday, adding that Tesla would relocate its headquarters and future programs out-of-state and appeared to reference the interim health officer of Alameda County, Dr. Erica Pan.

Tesla produces over 415.000 electric cars a year at the factory in Fremont.

In response, Musk told Tesla staff that the company would resume limited production on Friday.

Musk said on Twitter that Tesla is "filing a lawsuit against Alameda County immediately" as he said coronavirus restrictions that have stopped Tesla from restarting production at its factory in Fremont.

But Musk plans another US factory to increase output, possibly in Texas, and could move production once that plant is up and running. She said the city is "prepared to support Tesla as soon as they are able to resume automobile manufacturing operations and are committed to a thoughtful, balanced approach to this effort that remains safe for our Fremont community". "Tesla will now move its headquarters and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately", he added.

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"To the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense!" its health officer, he said, had acted contrary. The lawsuit contends Tesla factory workers are allowed to work during California's stay-at-home order because the facility is considered "critical infrastructure".

Tesla planned to bring workers back to production lines at the Fremont factory on April 29, but had to cancel these plans after the Alameda County Public Health department chose to extend its "Shelter in Place Order" in order to "reduce the spread of COVID-19". If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be depend on how Tesla is treated in the future.

An order in the six-county San Francisco Bay Area forced Tesla to close the plant starting March 23 to help prevent the virus' spread, and it was extended until the end of May.

Musk has criticised California officials and said the stay at home order poses a "serious risk" to his business. Newsom has said local orders supersede the state ones. "But to say they can not leave their house and that they will be arrested if they do, that's fascist".

Last week, Musk likened the rules to fascism, and urged leaders to "give people their goddamn freedom back." .

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