Elon Musk , the founder of Tesla, announced Monday the restart of production at his Fremont factory , in Alameda (California, USA), and stated that he was willing to be arrested for violating that county's prohibition to resume operations. .
"Tesla is resuming production today against Alameda County standards. I will be there along with the others. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it be just me," Musk said on Twitter.
Previously, the founder of Tesla, who has called the containment measures taken by US authorities to slow down the spread of Covid-19 as "fascists," had complained that "an unelected official" in Alameda had decided to extend the recommendation to stay home until the end of May.
"All other auto companies in the United States are also approved to resume (operations). Only Tesla has been singled out. This is a disaster," Musk added.
On Saturday, the magnate threatened to remove Tesla's headquarters from California due to restrictions put in place to curb the coronavirus, and take it to Nevada or Texas. "Tesla will now move its headquarters and future programs to Texas / Nevada immediately," he warned on Twitter.
Musk also advised that he would report the acting director of Alameda Health, who has chosen to maintain confinement in the county.
"He is acting contrary to what is ordered by the governor, the president and our freedoms protected by the Constitution, as well as by common sense!" He tweeted.
Despite Musk's remarks, California Governor Gavin Newsom has left it to each municipality to decide whether or not to maintain confinement orders.
After eight weeks of forced shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the top three American automakers, General Motors (GM), Ford and Fiat Chrysler (FCA), have begun preparing to resume their production of vehicles in the US and Canada. from May 18.
This week, the Detroit Big Three will resume activities at their component distribution centers and other facilities necessary for the operation of vehicle assembly plants.
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