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Tesla to resume work in Nevada

05/14/2020 - 03:14

Tesla will resume work at its electric car battery factory in Nevada after the state partially lifted the lockdown. The company previously resumed production in California, contrary to the position of local authorities, and received support from Trump.

Steve Jurvetson
Steve Jurvetson
Tesla will resume operations in the US state of Nevada after local authorities partially relaxed the coronavirus-related restrictions, writes The Verge with reference to the company's internal email. A representative of Storey County, where the plant is located, and a representative of Tesla did not respond to a request from reporters.

On Monday, May 11, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that his company was resuming production at a plant in Alameda County, California. The billionaire stressed that this action contradicted the restrictions established by local authorities, and called for his arrest only if law enforcement officers decide to interfere with the work of the enterprise.

After that, Valerie Workman, Head of the Tesla North American personnel department, sent an email to the employees, promising that for their safety the company would launch additional transport to the plant where people could maintain a social distance. Those who feared for their health could stay at home, but in this case they would be left without benefits, Workman noted.

US President Donald Trump supported Musk in his decision to resume the work of the plant in California. “California should allow Mask to reopen its factory now. And you need to do this quickly,” he wrote on Twitter. In turn, Head of the US Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, said that Tesla is one of the largest employers and manufacturers in California, and therefore the state authorities must meet the company's leadership. Musk himself called the actions of the state authorities to extend quarantine unconstitutional and threatened to transfer the main production of Tesla Model 3 cars to another state.