Thursday, 06 August 2020 16:42

Elon Musk Says Tesla Will Stay in California, For Now

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati
The Fremont, CA, Tesla factory. The Fremont, CA, Tesla factory. Tesla


Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his electric car company’s headquarters will remain in California for the short term.

However, the automaker may move to another state in the future, the CEO added.


“There’s no question that our headquarters will remain in California for the short term,” Musk said during an interview with Automotive News’ Jason Stein. “Long term, we’ll have to wait and see.”


Interestingly enough, Musk indicated in May there was a chance Tesla would be moving its headquarters away from Northern California following the area’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tesla’s Fremont production facility remained closed for a month and a half, and Musk was vocal regarding his discontent for the situation.


“Frankly, this is the final straw,” Musk said on Twitter. “Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately.”


Musk kept his promise somewhat, as the company announced its next production facility would be located just 15 minutes outside of Austin, TX.


The company already has a production facility for batteries and powertrains in near Reno in Sparks, NV.


Tesla’s headquarters has been located in California since the company’s establishment in 2003. For the most part, Tesla and California’s relationship was keen, and the company has established itself as a significant contributor to the state’s economy. It is the only automaker still based in California.


However, the incident with Fremont rubbed Musk the wrong way. Although the relationship between Tesla and California is better than it was, Musk’s response during the interview seems to indicate he may be leaning toward a move in the future.


Recently, Teslarati reported many of the company’s executives were asked where they would want to spend time if they were needed in the same area as the new factory. A significant factor in Tesla’s decision to choose Austin was the fact that Tesla’s principal members were more interested in Austin than other Texas cities.

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