Tesla CEO Elon Musk mentioned Thursday that the corporate is shifting its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas, the place it has been constructing a brand new manufacturing facility for a bit of greater than a 12 months.
Musk mentioned Tesla will proceed to function its electrical car manufacturing facility in Fremont, CA, and that he even plans to try to improve manufacturing there by 50 p.c. “Simply to be clear, although, we will likely be persevering with to increase our actions in California,” he mentioned in the course of the firm’s annual shareholder assembly. “So this isn’t a matter of Tesla leaving California.”
The transfer means Tesla’s house will not be the state the place its autos are the preferred; as a substitute, Tesla will likely be headquartered in a state where it can’t legally sell its cars on to shoppers.
Musk had beforehand threatened to drag Tesla’s complete operations out of California in 2020, due to how vehemently he disagreed with the shelter-in-place orders the state used to assist maintain folks secure early within the coronavirus pandemic. Tesla even sued the county that the company’s California factory is in as a type of protest.
Musk himself moved to Texas final 12 months, as SpaceX dramatically elevated its presence within the southern tip of the state. The Tesla CEO mentioned at one level that he thought California had develop into too “complacent” with respect to its residents and companies.
Tesla began constructing its subsequent US Gigafactory exterior Austin in 2020 and has made an unbelievable quantity of progress within the intervening 12 months. “We’re going to create an ecological paradise right here.. on the Colorado River,” a reference to how the corporate plans to open up elements of the land it purchased to the general public. Musk mentioned Thursday that Tesla can be taking a look at doing extra “main installations” of battery storage just like the one first reported by Bloomberg earlier this year.
Musk beforehand mentioned that Tesla selected to construct in Austin over different areas as a result of employees were more willing to move there.
“There’s a restrict to how huge you possibly can scale it within the Bay Space,” Musk mentioned Thursday, including that “it’s powerful for folks to afford homes [in California].” Tesla’s Austin location can be proper close to the native airport, which Musk mentioned is handy.
Tesla will likely be shifting to Texas at a time when many businesses have found themselves under pressure to leave, after the state lately handed one of the crucial restrictive anti-abortion legal guidelines within the nation. After the regulation was handed, Texas’ Governor Greg Abbott used Musk and Tesla for example to try to show this was not a development during a CNBC interview. Abbott mentioned in September that “Elon needed to get out of California as a result of, partly, of the social insurance policies in California,” and that Musk “constantly tells me that he likes the social insurance policies within the state of Texas.”
Musk responded to that clip in a tweet, saying he “consider[s] authorities ought to hardly ever impose its will upon the folks, and, when doing so, ought to aspire to maximise their cumulative happiness.”
“That mentioned, I would like to remain out of politics,” he added.