Just about every automaker is announcing the suspension of production due to the global pandemic COVID-19. However, there is one that remains adamant that they will continue rolling out cars and continue with business as usual. That automaker is Tesla Motors.
Tesla's Fremont, California facility will continue production of their cars despite other automakers putting plans and business hours on hold. They're even continuing deliveries of cars and Tesla even began deliveries of their Model Y crossover despite the current situation.
The automaker's CEO, Elon Musk, said that there are no employees that have tested positive for the virus. Musk sent an e-mail to employees saying, "My frank opinion remains that the harm from the coronavirus panic far exceeds that of the virus itself. If there is a massive redirection of medical resources out of proportion to the danger, it will result in less available care to those with critical medical needs, which does not serve the greater good."
But while work remains, Tesla is putting precautionary measures around their facilities nonetheless. Musk added, “I’d like to be super clear that if you feel the slightest bit ill or even uncomfortable, please do not feel obligated to come to work. I will personally be at work, but that’s just me. Totally OK if you want to stay home for any reason”.
While production in the US continues, Tesla did suspend production in China. The Chinese government ordered the American car company to temporarily halt operations earlier this year. Tesla complied but said that its supply chain for parts will be affected by it. Because of that, Tesla was actually forced to install older software on the China-assembled models.
For Tesla employees who will be going to work, the company's HR department said that they must follow social distancing guidelines. That means personnel cannot be within six feet (1.8 meters) of each other. Frequent hand washing was also advised by the company, and they will also provide the workforce with hospital-grade sanitizing wipes as well.
But how long can Tesla keep its production lines open? By the looks of things, they will keep building cars and continue operations unless the state of California steps in.