Elon Musk tweets Tesla to restart production today, ignoring county order, risking shutdown



You’re here (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the electric automobile company restarts production today, Monday May 11, acknowledging that the move is in violation of Alameda County regulations.

“Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules,” Musk tweeted Monday afternoon. “I’ll be on the line with everyone. If anyone is arrested, I ask it’s just me.”

Earlier today, news organizations reported a flow of vehicles heading to the Tesla factory in Fremont in Alameda County. Musk’s tweet appeared to confirm that the employees had already returned to work.

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Turn up the tension

It’s unclear how state or county officials will react to Musk’s actions or statements. The CEO has made efforts to restart operations at the Tesla plant in Fremont, but has still not been authorized to do so.

Late Thursday Musk sent an email to Tesla employees, announcing plans to restart limited operations at the Bay Area plant on Friday, May 8. However, Alameda County officials told him the company was not yet licensed to do so, getting Musk to tweet Saturday that “Tesla immediately takes legal action against Alameda County.” Later that day, the company filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, alleging violations of the 14th Amendment.

Musk also threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters to Texas or Nevada following the altercation. His brother Kimbal Musk also critically tweeted California’s response to the coronavirus on Monday afternoon.

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