California automakers halt production over coronavirus

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After mounting pressure from local authorities amid concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Thursday he would suspend production at the company’s Silicon Valley manufacturing plant.

BYD North America, a fellow electric vehicle manufacturer, announced Saturday it had halted production at its factory in Southern California.

The temporary closures follow other automakers’ decisions earlier last week to shut down. Detroit’s Big Three — Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler — announced its plants would be closed through March 30.

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