Tesla drops lawsuit over California factory reopening
Elon Musk. Photo: Win McNamee / Staff
Tesla on Wednesday abandoned its federal lawsuit against Alameda County, California, over pandemic-related restrictions on business operations that affected its factory in Fremont.
Details: Tesla did not provide immediate comment. But the case filed May 9 appears to be a fait accompli at this point.
The big picture: The lawsuit against county orders was part of CEO Elon Musk's broader, contentious battle over public health restrictions during the pandemic that he called excessive.
- Musk has also threatened to move the company's HQ and "future programs" from the state, but the status of those plans remains unclear.
- Even before the pandemic, Tesla was planning to build an additional factory to produce Model Y crossovers for East Coast delivery, as well as its planned Cybertruck.
- The company is reportedly eyeing Austin, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, for that plant.