AGENCIES, California: Automotive manufacturers are beginning to feel the impact of COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Some, who where dependent on supplies from China saw production being curtailed, while some manufacturers in the US like Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles decided to voluntarily shut production lines in view of the health hazard to its workers after consulting the issue with their respective unions.
However, Elon Musk was initially resisting calls from local authorities to shut down Tesla electric car operations at its Fremont, California.
The latest is that Tesla has agreed to production at the facility in the face of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Tesla confirmed through a statement that it would close its 10,000-employee factory in Fremont, California, its main car assembly hub in the United States, by the end of the day on Monday, March 23.
Tesla’s factory in Buffalo, New York, which makes solar power products, will also suspend production.
The announcement comes after Tesla defied a shelter-in-place order issued by Alameda County that requires residents to stay at home and nonessential businesses to close.
Musk had previously said that “the coronavirus panic is dumb” and spent part of Wednesday night and Thursday morning debating with people on Twitter whether or not his company could manufacture breathing ventilators that are needed to help coronavirus patients.