Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has announced his intention to relocate the firm’s electric car headquarters from California to Texas. Currently, Tesla’s electric car business is operating in Palo Alto, California.
Musk made an announcement regarding the subject on Thursday: “I’m excited to announce that we’re moving our headquarters to Austin, Texas. Just to be clear, we will be continuing to expand our activities in California. This isn’t a matter of Tesla leaving California.”
Tesla to move headquarters to Texas
Elon Musk stated in December his intentions to move to Texas personally, and in May 2020 that Tesla’s headquarters would be moving to Texas or Nevada.
Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020
Elon Musk has announced plans to build a Tesla factory in Texas, which would become operational by the summer of 2020. Another one of Musk’s enterprises, SpaceX, is also based there.
Elon Musk has urged engineers, technicians, and builders with an interest in working on the rocket builder to move to Texas: “Please consider moving to Starbase or greater Brownsville/South Padre area in Texas and encourage friends to do so!”
Following a number of incidents with Alameda County officials last year over Tesla’s factory closure over worker safety concerns, the company has decided to relocate its headquarters. Musk eventually ignored the order and reopened the factory after downplaying the severity of the pandemic. He dared officials to arrest him. Fortunately, there we no arrests.
Tesla is not the only company to move its business to Texas. Oracle announced in December that it will relocate its headquarters from the Silicon Valley region to Austin. In 2020, HP Enterprise announced that it will move its headquarters from San Jose, California, to Houston.