Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Photograph:( Reuters )
Musk has constantly voiced against the lockdown by Country officials in California who are trying to contain the virus in the area.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that his factory will restart production against Alameda County rules. This announcement has escalated his standoff with authorities in California.
Musk has constantly voiced against the lockdown by County officials in California who are trying to contain the virus in the area.
Tesla CEO took to Twitter and tweeted that he will also be at the factory. He said he will be "on the line with everyone else." He went on to add that if this action causes any kind of arrests it should only be him.
Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020
Yes, California approved, but an unelected county official illegally overrode. Also, all other auto companies in US are approved to resume. Only Tesla has been singled out. This is super messed up!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020
Alameda County of California has put all the non-essential businesses on hold, including Tesla's Fremont factory. To which Musk threatened to move out his factory from California if not allowed to begin production. The County authorities had confirmed that negotiation with Elon Musk was being held, they said: "We continue to move closer to an agreed-upon safety plan for reopening beyond Minimum Basic Operations by working through steps that Tesla has agreed to adopt. These steps include improving employee health screening procedures and engaging front-line staff on their concerns and feedback regarding safety protocols."
Few in Trump administration have come in support of Musk, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a local media channel that the State (California) authorities should work harder to reopen the local economy. Mnuchin went on to call Musk as one of the biggest employers and manufacturers in California and should prioritize to solve the issues so that Tesla could resume its operations.
Governor Gavin Newsom also supported Musk calling it "county-led enforcement". Musk responded to Newsom and thanked him via tweet.