The decision goes into effect at the end of the work day on Monday, March 23, Tesla says in a statement. It doesn’t mention the estimated timeframe for going offline, but assures staff and customers that it’s doing everything to follow government recommendations.
“In the past few days, we have met with local, state and federal officials,” the statement notes. “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.”
Like is the case with every other carmaker, Tesla too will continue to run basic business operations, though it doesn’t say whether it would ask employees to work remotely. The New York factory is also closed down temporarily, but the other U.S. operations remain open until further notice. This includes the Nevada factory and the Supercharging network.
To those people still looking to buy a Tesla at this time, the statement offers this assurance: it’s working on “touchless deliveries,” to minimize the risk of infection with the new Coronavirus. This entails taking delivery of a new vehicle at a delivery parking lot, unlocking it via the Tesla App, signing the paper documents found inside the car and dropping them off at an on-site location before driving off.