Elon Musk, chief executive of electric car maker Tesla, said the company’s headquarters would stay in California in the near term but could move to another state in the future, according tomedia reports. In May, as Tesla battled with local california authorities to reopen its plant in Fremont, Musk said he would move tesla headquarters out of the state “immediately.” Three months later, he again raised the possibility of relocating Tesla’s headquarters.
Tesla’s plant in Fremont, California, was closed for a month and a half because of the outbreak. During this time, Musk has repeatedly expressed his displeasure.
Then, on May 7, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order allowing manufacturers to resume operations. Musk plans to restart production at the California plant on the afternoon of May 8, following the executive order.
Tesla’s plan to restart production at its California plant, however, has been opposed by Alameda County, where the plant is located. The county health department said the company could not reopen because the local blockade was still in effect.
Alameda County angered Musk by blocking the resumption of the California plant. He said Tesla would sue the county. He also threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and future projects from California to Texas or Nevada. Whether Tesla will continue to make manufacturing in California will depend on the way it is treated in the future, he said.
In the end, the Alameda County health department backtracked, agreeing to reopen Tesla’s California plant on May 18, but that wasn’t fast enough for Musk.
Later, Musk did talk to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott about the possibility of moving Tesla’s California plant to Texas.
Not only that, Musk announced on a second-quarter earnings conference call that Tesla’s next superfactory plant will be built just 15 minutes from Austin, Texas.
Recently, Musk also applied for a driver’s license in Texas and sold several of his properties in California.
It is unclear whether Musk and Tesla will move their headquarters from California to Texas. Now, Tesla is busy building berlin and Texas superplants, with short-term goals focused on building new plants and starting production of its upcoming cars on time. (Little Fox)