I think the Governors of California and Michigan are giving Elon Musk the greatest birth gift ever. What was missing until today was visibility for all manufacturers.
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California Governor Garvin Newsom and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer provided specific dates for the resumption of production.
This lack of visibility on the reopening was a source of frustration for all car manufacturers, but Elon Musk was the first to express it on Twitter.
The Detroit plants will be able to open on Monday, May 11. Not only Tesla, but also General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler will be able to resume production on 18 May.
For California, the situation is more complex since not all California plants will be allowed to reopen. However, for those plants in California that will be able to open, they will be able to do so as early as this Friday.
So it’s the Governor of Detroit who lives up to the city’s reputation, authorizes builders to open without restrictions and offers a clear speech to employees, CEOs and markets. In fact, he expressed himself with these words:
“We’re still not out of the fog, but it’s an important step forward. It’s good news for our state, our businesses and our working families.Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer
In California, although this decision will not allow the Fremont plant to reopen as early as Friday, it is now a matter of following guidelines to ensure employee safety. Once the plants have the claimed processes in place, they will be able to reopen without any problems.
Michigan has issued much clearer instructions to the carmakers who need them and the state, but now it has put an end to a situation that had halted car production since mid-March.
A global situation that remains complex
First of all, it is still possible that these same States will take the opposite decision in the coming weeks.
As far as the rest of the world is concerned, Tesla’s factories are still closed and more problematic, the factory in Shanghai is closed at this time, which fuels a lot of speculation.
It seems to me that the worst thing a car manufacturer could do would be to restart production lines and close them again. Precautions and time are therefore the key words…