Shift workers were seen entering and leaving the sprawling factory in the hours before dawn, filling the workers’ parking lot. The company has reportedly deployed additional PPE masks and taken other measures similar to those used to reopen the automaker’s factory in Shanghai, China.
Verve, citing two anonymous workers, said that production had in fact restarted on a limited basis over the weekend and that around 200 Y and 3 vehicles had left the assembly line.
Musk said on Monday afternoon that production was indeed resuming at the Fremont plant. “Tesla is restarting production today against the rules of Alameda County,” he said. tweeted. “I will be online with everyone. If someone is arrested, I ask that it be only me. “
“Yes, California approved, but an unelected county official illegally overstepped,” he added. “In addition, all other auto companies in the United States are allowed to take over. Only Tesla has been designated. It’s super messed up! “
Earlier Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom said he was unaware that the Telsa plant had resumed operations. When asked in his daily coronavirus press briefing to comment on Musk’s previous requests that Tesla be allowed to resume production at the plant, Newsom said he hoped the company would receive a green light to start next week.
In an email last Thursday, Musk recalled 30% of the factory’s factory workforce, arguing that it was authorized by order of Governor Gavin Newsom, CBS San Francisco reported.
But the plant was closed on March 23 under an ordinance by six counties in the San Francisco area, which was extended until May 31. Newsom said local ordinances take precedence over state ordinances.
Musk filed a lawsuit against Alameda County on Saturday to reopen the plant and threatened to move the plant to Nevada or Texas “immediately”.
“If we even keep manufacturing at Fremont, it will depend [sic] on how Tesla will be treated in the future, “he said. tweeted.
Alameda County responded to Musk’s decision, writing“Today, May 11, we learned that the Tesla plant in Fremont had opened beyond minimal basic operations. We informed Tesla that they could only maintain basic basic operations until we have an approved plan that can be implemented in agreement with the local public. health order. “
“We are addressing this issue using the same phased approach we use for other companies that have violated the College in the past, and we hope Tesla will also comply without further enforcement,” added the county. , noting that it operated “in good faith” with the company when the factory reopened.
Musk has often criticized social distancing and home stay regulations. Musk called the measures “fascist” on April 29 and said it posed a “serious risk” to Tesla.
“If anyone wants to stay at home, it’s great,” said Musk, according to a tape recording of the call reviewed by CBS News. “They can stay in their house and they shouldn’t have to leave. But to say that they cannot leave their house and they will be arrested if they do, is fascist. It’s not democratic, it’s not freedom. Give people back their g ** d *** freedom. “
In his briefing, Newsom said he “understands that they had had very constructive conversations with the people at the facility,” Newsom said of the county-society talks. “The county health director and they are working to focus on the health and safety of the employees of this establishment and my belief, hope and expectations are coming next week, they will be able to resume.” “
When asked about rumors that the plant had reopened, Newsom said, “My understanding when I stepped on the podium today was not. I try to monitor hundreds of thousands of businesses across the state. trying to work with small and large companies. ”