As the new coronavirus outbreak spread, parts of the United States began to implement “closed cities.” Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area recently issued local evacuation orders. On March 19, CNBC reported that Tesla’s Fairmont plant in California had ignored the directive and was still operating. However, the number of people starting work will be reduced from 10,000 to 2,500.
Original title: Tesla California plant rejects local shutdown order, Shanghai plant supported by special recovery team
Alameda County, where Tesla’s California plant is located, issued an in-place evacuation order on March 16, local time, requiring the closure of all non-essential businesses and the need for local residents to leave their homes only if necessary, such as food.
In response to Tesla’s disobedience, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office tweeted on March 17 that Tesla’s auto manufacturing facility is not an important business that the Alameda County Health Order clearly requires. The agency requires Tesla plants to “maintain a minimum of basic operations” based on orders, meaning that jobs that retain basic jobs such as personnel and finance will continue to operate, rather than making new cars. Tesla is required to close its plant in Fremont, California, for three weeks.
“Our directive is clear,” Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, told U.S. media Wednesday. He reiterated that Tesla’s plant in Fremont was not a “necessary business” under the county’s existing health order.
Valerie Workman, Tesla’s head of human resources for North America, sent an email to employees on the morning of March 18, local time, encouraging them to come to work and promising not to “deduct points” from performance reviews if they chose to stay at home.
In an email to employees, Walkerman said there were no final decisions by the city, county, state and federal governments on Tesla’s operations, and that there were conflicting guidance at all levels of government. Until then, non-essential employees can work from home and follow CDC guidelines.
The supervisor also stressed in the email that there was no change in the daily work tasks for employees in basic functional positions such as production, service, delivery, testing, and support, and that the work should continue to be reported. Employees in other positions may be temporarily rescheduled to support basic positions or may need to be on call at all times.
Walkerman also said that if employees feel uncomfortable, they can take paid leave, and that the amount of paid leave is used up to borrow from other employees. Other employees who are unable or unwilling to continue working can also apply for paid leave, and those who have used up paid leave can take unpaid leave, and the company will not have disciplinary action against the company.
Industry insiders believe Tesla’s insistence on not shutting down or related to the delivery of its new Model Y, which has just begun.
“At the moment, it’s critical for Tesla to keep the plant running,” said Tyson Jominy, an analyst at JD Power. You won’t have two chances to release a product. If a company fails to increase production and delivery at this point, it faces an existential crisis, especially for Tesla. They can’t be blamed for their high hopes for Model Y. Unless the sheriff is there to stop people from entering, they must deliver the car to get the money to operate. “
However, the resumption of work at Tesla’s China plant is now in good condition and resumes production on February 10.
On March 17, the State Council resumed production research Shanghai Working Group, the Shanghai Municipal Government, Lingang New District Management Committee of more than 30 people, went to Tesla Shanghai Super Factory to carry out the re-production research. Wang Yuwen, the head of the research team and vice-minister of commerce and deputy representative of international trade negotiations, spoke highly of the exemplary leadership role played by Tesla’s Shanghai super factory during the resumption of production, and fully affirmed Tesla’s advanced experience in achieving epidemic prevention and production.
According to the information released by the Shanghai Economic and Information Commission on March 19, Shanghai is making every effort to ensure the safety of the auto industry-related enterprises, and actively promote the industrial chain upstream and downstream enterprises to speed up the resumption of production and stabilize the economic development of the automotive industry. At present, the automobile industry “demobilization, resumption of work, resumption of production” three rate gradually improved, has basically returned to normal production.
Among them, the Port-to-Port New Area Management Committee, together with the Lingang Group, set up a special recovery team of Tesla’s Shanghai Super Factory, and matched the work specialist, raised 2 infrared thermometers and 10,000 masks for Tesla, assisted more than 600 housing units, solved the accommodation problems of new employees of Tesla’s Shanghai Super Factory, and concentrated isolation of employees from key areas.
Tesla China’s new car deliveries accounted for 30 percent of the country’s total new energy vehicle sales during the February 2020 outbreak, according to the China Automobile Circulation Association.