WASHINGTON | Elon Musk has threatened on Saturday to leave California, where his only site of production of electric cars Tesla in the United States, because the local authorities are preventing the restart of the production immediately, due to the pandemic.
“Frankly, it’s the water drop that makes the vase overflow. Tesla will immediately move its headquarters and its projects in the Texas/Nevada. And if we should keep manufacturing in Fremont, this will depend on the way we are treated “, has launched Mr. Musk in one of those long rants he has the secret on Twitter. And that is not always followed by effects.
He pointed to the experience of Tesla in China, where its manufacturing site has re-opened after the outbreak of Covid-19 has been brought under control.
“Tesla knows much more about what you need to do to (to resume production) in complete safety, thanks to the experience acquired in our Tesla factory in China, as a minor functionary acting not even elected “, has launched with contempt the whimsical billionaire, that comes from having a son with the musician Grimes.
He also said that he would “immediately” suing the county of Alameda, near San Francisco, where is located the factory, accusing its authorities of being ” irrational and removed from reality “.
“The official ignoring and non-elected “health officer acting” in the county of Alameda goes against the orders of the governor, the president, our constitutional rights, and in spite of common sense! “still has fulminé Mr. Musk.
He already had the headlines on the 1st of may by dropping the price of Tesla is more than 10 % in trading after having tweeted that the action was too expensive.
Earlier this are his statements during a conference call with financial analysts that had made waves already because of the closing of Fremont since 12 march. It was then considered that the extension of the confinement was “fascist” and ” not democratic “.
Mr. Musk’s displeasure is most ardent. Yet Tesla was able to show a profit — modest — but surprise of $ 16 million in the 1st quarter, a jump of 33 % of the deliveries of cars and an increase in turnover of 32 % 5.99 billion dollars.