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Tesla’s Fremont Factory: Will Elon Musk Get His Way?

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  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t a stranger to controversies. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he has made several controversial remarks.
  • On Saturday, Musk lashed out against Alameda County for not allowing the company to reopen its Fremont plant. He also threatened to move the company’s headquarters from California.
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Tesla’s Fremont factory

Most of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) cars were built at the Fremont plant before the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the plant is closed due to restrictions amid the pandemic. While Elon Musk thinks that the factory should be considered “essential,” authorities didn’t agree. He has been a skeptic of the pandemic. Musk said that the panic was “dumb” in March. During Tesla’s first-quarter earnings call, he lashed out against the shutdown orders.

Musk wants to reopen Fremont plant

Elon Musk wanted to restart the Fremont plant on May 8. He revealed his plans to reopen the Fremont plant in an email to Tesla’s employees. However, Almeda Country didn’t agree with Tesla’s plans to reopen the plant. The company has filed a lawsuit against the Alameda Country’s orders.

In a blog, the company wrote, “Tesla is the last major carmaker remaining in California, and the largest manufacturing employer in the State with more than 10,000 employees at our Fremont factory and 20,000 statewide.”

Notably, Tesla doesn’t have unions like mainstream automakers Ford (NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM). The company’s employee policies have been under the scanner multiple times.

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Could President Trump come to Tesla’s rescue?

President Trump wants the US economy to reopen amid the upcoming presidential election. Musk is part of President Trump’s advisory team for reopening the US economy. Musk might find some support from President Trump as he aims for a quick reopening of Tesla’s Fremont plant. Previously, President Trump tweeted against Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia for not reopening.

Musk’s Twitter controversies

Meanwhile, both Tesla and Musk have said that Alameda County’s stance doesn’t follow President Trump and California Governor Gavin Newsom’s guidance. We’ll have to see if Musk gets his way with Fremont’s reopening. When it comes to controversies, not many billionaires can beat Elon Musk. Read Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Perennial Twitter Controversies! to learn more.

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