Elon Musk moves Tesla headquarters to Texas

Published October 8, 2021, 4:05 PM

by Agence-France-Presse

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Tesla chief Elon Musk told investors on Thursday that the leading electric vehicle maker is moving its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Texas, where it is building a plant.

”I’m excited to announce that we’re moving our headquarters to Austin, Texas,” Musk said at an annual shareholders meeting.

”Just to be clear, though, we will be continuing to expand our activities in California.”

Musk said Tesla sales are growing strongly, and the company is ramping up deliveries despite shortages of computer chips and other components.

Tesla aims to increase production at its plant in Fremont, California, by some 50 percent, Musk said.

But that plant is hitting its limits on how much more it can handle, he said.

”When we first went in there it was it like a kid in his parents’ shoes; tiny us and this giant factory,” Musk said of its inaugural plant in Silicon Valley.

”Now, it’s like a spam can. We are hitting the sides of the bowl.”

He noted that the cost of living in Silicon Valley is high for workers, with home prices putting them out of reach for workers, who often wind up with long commutes.

Musk has clashed with regulators in California, and is among high-profile tech figures who personally left the state for places with lower income taxes and less regulation.

”This was a smart strategic move for Tesla,” said Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives.

”We believe this was the first step towards Tesla making Austin its domestic and global foundational location over the coming decade with its recent frustration with California officials likely accelerating this move.”

 
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