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Tesla plant can’t run normally in coronavirus shutdown: California county – Source Reuters Tech News

NEW YORK/BEIJING (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) cannot continue to operate its main U.S. vehicle plant normally as its San Francisco Bay Area home began a three-week lockdown on Tuesday to slow the spread of coronavirus, a county sheriff’s office spokesman said.

The comment relates to Tesla’s factory in Fremont, Alameda County, which employs more than 10,000 workers and recorded annualized production of about 415,000 electric vehicles as at the end of December.

The order comes as Tesla ramps up production of its Model Y sport-utility vehicle at the factory. Billionaire Chief Executive Elon Musk has said the model will see higher demand than all of Tesla’s other models combined.

Alameda is one of at least nine counties covered by a ‘shelter in place’ order that limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential, and advises people to stay home except for the most crucial reasons.

It is aimed at helping stem a pandemic which has affected nearly…

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