Tesla has filed a lawsuit against Alameda County in California, where Tesla's Fremont factory is based.
The factory has been shut since March 23 after Alameda County ordered it to shut down as part of social distancing measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
In the lawsuit, Tesla alleged the shutdown ignores an earlier order from California's governor Gavin Newsom that permits businesses in "16 crucial infrastructure industries", including transportation, to continue work. It describes the decision as both unconstitutional and "inexplicable" and says there is "no rational basis" for the facility's closure.
The firm is hoping for an injunction that would render the shutdown order invalid.