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(Reuters) – Tesla Inc (O 🙂 received government payroll services in the first half of the year to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its business, the electric car maker said in a message on Tuesday.
The company, whose chief executive Elon Musk spoke out against further state aid when Congress debated another round of incentives, said the benefits, along with cost reductions, offset almost all of the costs due to the factories' idle in this year's locks. (https: //
Tesla's only U.S. vehicle factory – in California, where most of its cars are made – was shut down for about six weeks in the second quarter until June after an initial clash with local authorities.
Reuters was unable to immediately verify which government support the company received in which country.
Tesla and its subsidiary SolarCity do not appear on a list by the US Small Business Administration, which has granted millions of companies unsuccessful loans to prevent widespread layoffs.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"As part of various government responses to the pandemic that have been given to companies worldwide, we have received certain compensation benefits that have helped to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our financial results," the company said in its regulatory filing.
Tesla's billionaire CEO Musk said on Friday in a post on Twitter that another stimulus package from the US government was "not in the interests of the people."
Republicans and Democrats are currently debating a second massive coronavirus aid package to support the economy and help millions of Americans who lost their jobs during the pandemic.
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