Tesla reported record deliveries in the third quarter as growing interest in electric vehicles and other cars boosted sales across the industry.
Tesla said it was working on advances that would lower the cost of batteries and increase their capacity to store energy.
For the eight million residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, a ring of fire across Northern California feels inescapable.
The electric carmaker’s deliveries fell as people around the world were forced to stay home by government orders and fears over the coronavirus pandemic. But the decline was far smaller than for other automakers.
The Tesla chief executive is putting the safety of employees on the line.
Mr. Musk opened his California factory this week in defiance of local orders. He has also criticized the response to the pandemic as “dumb” and “fascist.”