Tesla relocates from California, sets up new corporate HQ in Texas

Tesla is not completely abandoning California, but it has moved its HQ to Austin, Texas.

Enlarge / Tesla is not completely abandoning California, but it has moved its HQ to Austin, Texas. (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told investors that the US’s largest electric car maker has moved its headquarters from California to Texas. In 2020, Musk personally relocated to Texas, which is home to SpaceX facilities and a new Tesla factory outside Austin. Now the Texas state capitol will be the new official home of Tesla, too.

In 2020, Musk was at loggerheads with the Californian government in response to public health measures enacted to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 700,000 Americans. Musk was dismissive about the threat of COVID-19, predicting that infections would fizzle out by April 2020, and he was infuriated at having to temporarily close Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California—an act he described as “frankly… the final straw.”

Tesla filed and then dropped a lawsuit against Alameda County and then declared that the company would leave the state. Within days, Musk revealed that he had picked Texas for the site of Tesla’s next American factory. This week’s announcement finalizes that decision.

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