Musk reopens Tesla factory in California, says come arrest me

Musk reopens Tesla factory in California, says come arrest me

Musk reopens Tesla factory in California, says come arrest me

United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday threw the weight of the White House behind Tesla Inc and its CEO Elon Musk after the electric carmaker reopened an assembly plant in California in defiance of local officials.

"I will be on the line with everyone else", the chief executive officer said in a tweet Monday.

Ahead of the start of production, Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter that he would be joining workers on the line and that if anyone is arrested, it should be him only.

Tesla sued Alameda County this past weekend over the local stay-at-home order, which is more stringent than the state's, and billionaire founder Elon Musk threatened to move the company to Texas or Nevada.

On Saturday, Tesla filed a lawsuit against Alameda County, arguing in court documents obtained by ABC News that the plant is part of California's governor-outlined "critical infrastructure" and has the right to reopen despite local officials ordering the opposite.

"California approved, but an unelected county official illegally overrode".

Tesla shares rose as much as 3.2% shortly after the open of regular trading.

The statement issued Saturday by Alameda County health officials-that they were working on a "collaborative, good faith effort to develop and implement a safety plan" with Tesla-was about as diplomatic as it could be under the circumstances.

"I don't know that the county is reaching out with a level of confidence", Sanchez said.

The state's governor, Gavin Newsom, said that he had spoken with Mr Musk last week and that his concerns were part of the reason California chose to phase in manufacturing as it slowly lifts lockdown measures.

"Frankly, this is the final straw", he wrote. Musk responded, demanding on Twitter that Newsom correct the record and sharing tweets and screenshots from hospitals and Los Angeles County thanking him for sending supplies. Tesla will now move its headquarters and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately.

While the state has eased restrictions to allow manufacturing, Alameda County, where the Fremont plant is located, has not.

The department said it expects Tesla to submit such a plan by 5 p.m. Monday.

The county's lockdown guidelines says failure to comply would be sanctioned by fine, detention or both.

He described the coronavirus restrictions as "fascist" and urged governments to stop taking people's freedom. Today, the Fremont, California, factory can produce as many as 400,000 vehicles annually.

The lack of production in Fremont is a big financial strain on the company.

"Moving away from Fremont would take at least 12 to 18 months and could add risk to the manufacturing and logistics process in the meantime".

A sign bearing Tesla's logo in California's Silicon Valley is pictured in 2018.

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