• Matt Esnayra

Tesla to open factory against Alameda County's stay-at-home health orders

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk announced Monday the electric automaker is "restarting production" at its factory in Fremont, CA, in open defiance to Alameda County's stay-at-home orders.

  • Musk says he's ready to be arrested, "if anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me".

How did we get here:

  • On Thursday, in a leaked email, Musk called back 30% of the factory's workforce to the plant, arguing that it was permitted under Governor Gavin Newsom's order, per CBS News.

  • Also on Thursday, it was reported that Tesla secured a $500 million loan from several Chinese banks, per The Street.

  • Tesla wouldn’t be allowed to restart the production of its Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y vehicles until June 1 due to Alameda County health orders, according to Techcrunch.

  • On Saturday, #Tesla filed a federal lawsuit against Alameda County, home to its massive auto assembly plant in Fremont, in an effort to start operations. Later that night, Musk threatened to move Tesla's headquarters and factory to either Texas or Nevada.

  • Mayor of Fremont Lily Mei said Saturday regarding Tesla potential move, "I am growing concerned about the potential implications for our regional economy"

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