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Elon Musk: Tesla will move from California to Texas/Nevada due to local coronavirus response

Elon Musk revealed that Tesla will move its head office and more from California to Texas and Nevada due to the local response to the coronavirus, which he thinks is excessive.

Over the last few weeks, Musk has actually been criticizing the shelter-in-place orders and constraints related to the pandemic– reaching calling them fascist.

Things are now beginning to increase from just speak to actions.

As we reported previously this week, Tesla tried to resume Fremont factory following comments from California’s Governor about beginning to slowly resume the state, however Alameda County, where the Fremont factory is located, closed down Tesla’s effort to restart production.

In reaction, Musk revealed on Twitter that Tesla is filing a lawsuit against the county:

” Tesla is submitting a lawsuit versus Alameda County instantly. The unelected & oblivious “Interim Health Officer” of Alameda is acting contrary to the Guv, the President, our Constitutional liberties & just plain common sense!”

The CEO went even more and announced that Tesla will be moving its headquarters and “future programs” to Texas and Nevada:

” Honestly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada instantly.”

Musk even recommended that Tesla may not even keep Fremont factory, where it uses about 10,000 individuals, depending upon “how it gets dealt with in the future”:

” If we even keep Fremont production activity at all, it will be dependen on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.”

The CEO added that Tesla has actually been able to keep running its castings foundry and other facilities in San Joaquin County, which situated beside Alameda, in spite of the shelter-in-place orders.

Additionally, Musk encouraged Tesla shareholders to submit a class-action claim versus the county.

Electrek’s Take

I understand that Elon is frustrated, but I think that’s an overreaction, which ironically is what he thinks the county is doing.

” Moving HQ” can suggest a great deal of various things, some more extensive than others, but it’s going to be a big deal.

Though no larger than moving Fremont factory or whatever he means by the possibility of not “maintaining Fremont manufacturing activity”, which sounds simply outrageous.

While I tend to start to agree with Elon about Tesla being able to reopen safely with similar steps as the ones implemented in Shanghai, I seem like he is not tackling it properly with those dangers.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

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