Thanks to Agent 009, we learned this week that Tesla was not exactly happy to comply with California's shelter in place orders passed down by Governor Newsom. While many non-essential businesses shuttered, Tesla kept cranking away.

This led to the sheriff's department intervening.

According to a release from Tesla's Investor Relations department, it reached an agreement with local, state and federal officials. It will be suspending operations at its Fremont facility at the end of the day, Monday (3/23).

So, now what?

Obviously this is a significant macroeconomic event, which hasn't been seen since the Spanish Flu. All of the automakers are being impacted by this happening.

But Tesla was just gaining significant momentum. And the Model Y JUST started hitting showrooms. Deliveries will continue happening but according to Tesla in a "touchless" fashion. I'll get to see this first hand as a family member will be taking delivery of their Model 3 next weekend.

Tesla's press release follows:

Tesla Operational Update

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the past few days, we have met with local, state and federal officials.  We have followed and are continuing to follow all legal directions and safety guidelines with respect to the operations of our facilities, and have honored the Federal Government’s direction to continue operating.  Despite taking all known health precautions, continued operations in certain locations has caused challenges for our employees, their families and our suppliers.

As such, we have decided to temporarily suspend production at our factory in Fremont, from end of day March 23, which will allow an orderly shutdown.  Basic operations will continue in order to support our vehicle and energy service operations and charging infrastructure, as directed by the local, state and federal authorities. Our factory in New York will temporarily suspend production as well, except for those parts and supplies necessary for service, infrastructure and critical supply chains. Operations of our others facilities will continue, including Nevada and our service and Supercharging network.

In many locations, we are in the process of implementing “touchless deliveries” so customers can continue to take delivery of their vehicle in a seamless and safe way. Due to the unique over-the-air connectivity of our vehicles, customers are able to unlock their new cars at a delivery parking lot via the Tesla App, sign any remaining relevant paperwork that has been placed in their car, and return that paperwork to an on-site drop-off location prior to leaving.  This method provides additional convenience and comfort. 

Our cash position at the end of Q4 2019 was $6.3B before our recent $2.3B capital raise. We believe this level of liquidity is sufficient to successfully navigate an extended period of uncertainty. At the end of Q4 2019, we had available credit lines worth approximately $3B including working capital lines for all regions as well as financing for the expansion of our Shanghai factory.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements herein, including statements regarding the extent and timing of our production and other operations, and our liquidity, are “forward-looking statements” that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. Various important factors could cause actual results to differ materially, including the risks identified in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. Tesla disclaims any obligation to update this information.

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Tesla's Fremont Factory Will SHUTDOWN On Monday — Now What?

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