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Tesla to Idle Plant After Musk’s Days-Long Duel With Officials

  • Carmaker has kept factory open despite shelter-in-place order
  • Company says it has enough cash to weather uncertain period
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Tesla Inc. will idle production at its lone U.S. assembly plant, choking off the supply of cars to customers as the quarter comes to a close.

The decision announced in a statement Thursday followed several days of public pressure on Tesla by local police, city managers and health officials about the carmaker continuing to run its California factory despite a county shelter-in-place order. Tesla said the facility will stop production at the end of March 23.