Musk threatens to exit California over virus restrictions

Coronavirus crisis Elon Musk threatens to move Tesla HQ out of California

Elon Musk has escalated his pushback against coronavirus restrictions.

Tesla's suit, filed with a federal court in northern California on Saturday night, calls for a permanent injunction that prevents the county from enforcing its order of refuge.

Musk tweeted Saturday that he's filing a lawsuit against Alameda County "immediately" - an apparent response to county officials' reported refusal to allow the factory reopen.

Tesla builds more than 415,000 cars a year at the Fremont plant and moving the entire production facility would be a massive undertaking.

"This is the final straw", Musk tweeted. "Tesla will now move its headquarters and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately", he added. Whether the company would continue current operations in the area depended "on how Tesla is treated in the future", he added. The Fremont facility, which was formerly run jointly by General Motors and Toyota, now is Tesla's only USA vehicle assembly plant, and the company would lose critical production if it shut down the plant to move equipment.

Due to localised lockdown laws in Alameda his company must remain closed. However, Musk doesn't seem to grasp the importance of such safety precautions during a global pandemic, instead slamming Alameda County as "irrational" and "detached from reality".

CNBC reported that Pan "added that Alameda county - where the Fremont auto factory is based - is "still a little bit stricter" than the state in its approach to protecting public health amid an outbreak of the novel coronavirus".

In a statement issued on its website, Tesla said that it has informed officials in Alameda County about its restart plans, and working with the county's public health agency on steps to guarantee the safety of its workers.

In the midst of this all is a County Public Health Officer who has reportedly ignored Tesla's efforts at proposing a reopening plan for the Fremont factory. He has also argued that Tesla's plant in China, once the center of the coronavirus outbreak, has taught the company how to keep workers safe.

In the meantime, Tesla released a statement where it explained its recent action and why it believes reopening the Fremont plan is the best option.

When one a Twitter account associated with a Tesla owners club asked how they could help, Musk told them to voice their disagreement with the county. Tesla is now the world's second most valuable automaker, behind only Toyota.

Musk's threats came after a series of freaky tweets earlier this month including one that said Tesla's stock price was too high.

Health officials have slammed the brakes on Tesla's plans to restart production at its U.S. electric-car factory.

But, as it turns out, several counties enforced their own restrictions for re-opening, with Alameda County requiring all non-essential businesses, including Tesla, to remain shut until the end of May.