Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has announced plans to move the electric-car maker’s corporate headquarters from California to Texas.
“I am excited to announce that we are moving our headquarters to Austin, Texas,” Musk said during a shareholders meeting on Thursday. The car manufacturer is currently based in Palo Alto, California.
“Just to be clear, we will continue to expand our activities in California,” he said. “It’s not about Tesla leaving California.”
Musk said in December that he would personally visit Texas and also tweeted In May 2020 that it will “immediately” move Tesla’s headquarters to Texas or Nevada.
Musk began to develop Musk tweeted in March.in Texas in the summer of 2020, and the state is also one of the locations for operations by SpaceX, another Musk company. Musk has pressured engineers, technicians and builders interested in working for the spacerocket builder to relocate to Texas. “Please consider moving to Starbase in Texas or the Greater Brownsville/South Padre area and encourage friends to do the same!”
The move comes on the heels of several clashes last year with Alameda County officials over concerns about workers’ safety over the forced closure of Tesla’s factory in Fremont, Calif. Musk eventually ignored the order and reopened the factory after downplaying the severity of the pandemic, daring officials to arrest him. No arrests were made, but Musk tweeted that Tesla would sue the county for “acting contrary to our constitutional liberties and just plain common sense.”
Tesla isn’t the only tech powerhouse that attracts the Lone Star State. Business software and services company Oracle said in December: relocating your headquarters San Jose, California to Houston.To provide its employees “more flexibility in where and how they work,” from the Silicon Valley area to Austin. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, a descendant of leading Silicon Valley company, said in 2020 that it is
Tesla could be immediately reached for comment, as the company disbanded its public relations department last year.