Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened Saturday to tug the corporate’s manufacturing facility and headquarters out of California in an escalating spat with native officers who’ve stopped the corporate from reopening its electrical car manufacturing facility.
On Twitter, Musk additionally threatened to sue over Alameda County Well being Division coronavirus restrictions which have stopped Tesla from restarting manufacturing its manufacturing facility in Fremont south of San Francisco.
“Frankly, that is the ultimate straw,” he tweeted. “Tesla will now transfer its HQ and future applications to Texas/Nevada instantly.”
He wrote that whether or not the corporate retains any manufacturing in Fremont relies on how Tesla is handled sooner or later.
Musk has been ranting concerning the stay-home order because the firm’s April 29 first-quarter earnings have been launched, calling the restrictions fascist and urging governments to cease taking individuals’s freedom.
An order within the six-county San Francisco Bay Space pressured Tesla to shut the Fremont plant beginning March 23 to assist forestall the virus’ unfold, and it was prolonged till the top of Might. Public well being consultants say the orders have decreased the variety of new coronavirus circumstances nationwide. California Gov. Gavin Newsom allowed the Bay Space counties to proceed restrictions whereas easing them in different areas of the state,
Emails looking for feedback Saturday from Alameda County’s public well being officer and Newsom haven’t been returned.
The coronavirus causes gentle or reasonable signs for most individuals. But it surely has killed greater than 77,000 individuals within the U.S., with the loss of life toll rising.
Musk’s tweets come as competing automakers are beginning to reopen factories within the U.S. Toyota will restart manufacturing on Monday, whereas Common Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler all plan to restart their crops regularly on Might 18. Tesla is the one automaker with a manufacturing facility in California.
Musk’s threats got here after a sequence of weird tweets earlier this month together with one which mentioned Tesla’s inventory value was too excessive. Musk additionally posted components of the U.S. nationwide anthem and wrote that he would promote his homes and different possessions.
Daisy Nguyen in San Francisco contributed to this report.