Other Tesla (TSLA)
facilities will continue operations, though, including the Nevada Gigifactory, which makes batteries and battery packs. Work maintaining Tesla’s charger network will also continue, the company said in its announcement.
Tesla had argued that its factories were an “essential business,”
allowed under shelter-in-place regulations and that production should continue. Even in announcing the shutdown, Tesla said it had “honored the Federal Government’s direction to continue operating.”
Musk has faced criticism over his comments about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On March 6, he tweeted that the “panic” surrounding the virus was “dumb.”
Following pressure from Twitter followers, though, he recently said that Tesla could convert to making ventilators
for critically ill hospital patients if there were a crisis of supply.