Tesla CEO Elon Musk at TED 2017 in Vancouver. Photograph:( Others )
The factory is shut as a precautionary measure to control the spread of deadly coronavirus
Electric car maker Tesla has sued local authorities in California as the electric carmaker pushed to re-open its factory there.
The factory is shut as a precautionary measure to control the spread of deadly coronavirus. Its chief executive officer Elon Musk has also threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and future programs from the California state to Texas or Nevada.
Musk has been pushing to re-open Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory after Alameda county’s health department said the carmaker must not reopen because of local lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus remain in effect.
Tesla said it had worked out a thorough return-to-work plan that includes online video training for personnel, work zone partition areas, temperature screening, requirements to wear protective equipment and rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
The company said it had informed health authorities in Alameda County, where the Fremont factory is located, about its restart plans saying Alameda was going against the federal and California constitutions, as well as defying the governor’s order.
After Musk sued the local authorities in California after which a Democratic state politician Lorena S Gonzalez took to Twitter to respond to Tesla CEO.
California lawmaker Gonzalez tweeted: F**k Elon Musk" to which Musk replied, "Message received."