Tesla CEO has confirmed he has moved from California to Texas, speaking at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit.
“Tesla and SpaceX obviously have mass operations in California,” Musk told WSJ editor-in-chief, Matt Murray, in a 27-minute chat.
“In fact, it’s worth noting that Tesla is the last car company still manufacturing cars in California. Space X is the last aerospace company still doing significant manufacturing in California. There used to be over a dozen car plants in California, and California used to be the center of aerospace manufacturing. My companies are the last two left,” as reported by Business Insider.
“For myself, yes, I have moved to Texas,” Musk added. “We’ve got the Starship development here in South Texas where I am right now. We’re hopefully going to do a launch later today. And then we’ve got big factory developments just outside of Austin for Giga Texas.”
Musk says California is “really great”, but added “there’s something that happens when a team is winning for too long, they get too complacent and too entitled and don’t win the championship anymore,” using a sports analogy.
Back in May, Musk was upset about California’s shelter-in-place COVID-19 restrictions which shut down Tesla’s Fremont factory. The CEO said he was ready to move to Texas/Nevada “immediately.”
Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020
Last week, it was reported Musk had told his friends he was moving to Texas. He ended up moving his private Musk Foundation to Austin, Texas and today he confirmed he has indeed left California.
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