Tesla to Scale Down Workforce Temporarily at Fremont Factory

Amidst a flurry of updates regarding the Bay Area shelter in place order, Tesla’s manufacturing plant in Fremont, California will remain operational with a limited workforce. Following negotiations with the Alameda County Sheriff, the electric vehicle manufacturer reached an agreement as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

So how will Tesla proceed to operate its Fremont factory in the storm of the coronavirus outbreak? For one, they are planning to use a quarter of their workforce. The factory, which normally has about 10,000 employees onsite, will cut this number down to 2,500 to accommodate the mandates ordering non-essential businesses to reduce activity. It’s a fine line for Tesla, as they are in the midst of rolling out the Model Y. However, the Alameda County Sheriff is prepared to take action if the electric vehicle manufacturer fails to comply.

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Tesla will continue to maintain service locations and sales operations in light of the virus. Social distancing measures are being implemented to ensure the safety and well being of employees. Meanwhile, in Shanghai, Tesla plans to continue production with health and safety measures in place. The coronavirus outbreak appears to be slowing in China while simultaneously ramping up in the United States. With the uncertainty surrounding the outbreak, much remains to be seen in regards to Tesla’s operations in Fremont.