U.S. electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla plans to operate its Fremont plant Tuesday, when San Francisco’s Bay Area begins a three-week lockdown to rein in the spread of a coronavirus, the Electrek online media stated.
Tesla’s sole U.S. auto plants in Alameda county employs over 10,000 workers and had annualized production of more than 415,000 cars by Q4.
The county is one of the six included in the shelter in place order from regional authorities that curbs travel and business operations and advises people to stay home except for the most crucial reasons.
The factory is planned to be in operation Tuesday, Tesla told manufacturing facility workers, the Electrek report citing comments obtained from Tesla workers.
But it was unclear if Tesla received an exemption of the type mentioned in the order for “auto-supply,” it added.
Citing a county spokesperson, a newspaper Alameda county had declared Tesla an “essential enterprise” that is allowed to remain in operation.
In an internal note Monday, CEO Elon Musk told Tesla staff he was not aware of any who had tested positive for the coronavirus and urged them to stay home if they felt the “slightest bit ill or even uncomfortable,” sources conversant in the matter said.