Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has announced plans to move the electric-car maker’s corporate HQ from California to Texas.
“I’m excited to announce that we’re moving our headquarters to Austin, Texas,” Musk said Thursday during a shareholder meeting. The carmaker is currently based in Palo Alto, California.
“Just to be clear, we will be continuing to expand our activities in California,” he said. “This isn’t a matter of Tesla leaving California.”
Musk said in December that he’d personally move to Texas and also tweeted in May 2020 that he’d be moving Tesla’s headquarters to Texas or Nevada “immediately.”
Musk began developing a Musk tweeted in March.in the summer 2020, and the state is also one of the locations for , another of Musk’s companies. Musk has pressed engineers, technicians and builders interested in working for the rocket builder to relocate to Texas. “Please consider moving to Starbase or greater Brownsville/South Padre area in Texas and encourage friends to do so!”
The Tesla HQ move follows a series of clashes with Alameda County officials last year about the forcedin Fremont, California, over worker-safety concerns. Musk eventually ignored the order and reopened the factory after downplaying the severity of the pandemic, . No arrests were made, but Musk did tweet that Tesla would be suing the county for “acting contrary to … our Constitutional freedoms and just plain common sense.”
Tesla isn’t the only tech powerhouse attracted to the Lone Star State. Business software and services company Oracle said in December that it’s moving its headquarters from San Jose, California, to Houston.from the Silicon Valley area to Austin to provide its workers “with more flexibility about where and how they work.” Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, a descendant of the pioneering Silicon Valley company, said in 2020 that it’s
Tesla couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, as the company dissolved its public relations department last year.