Tesla officially moved its headquarters from Palo Alto, California to Austin, Texas—CEO Elon Musk announced at the company’s 2021 annual shareholder meeting.
Musk gave several reasons for the move, telling shareholders its California factory in Fremont was “jammed”. That California was also a difficult place for his employees to find affordable housing.
“There’s a limit to how big you can scale it in the Bay Area. In Austin our factory is like five minutes from the airport, 15 minutes from downtown,” he said.
Housing isn’t the only issue Musk has with California.
Back in April 2020, on a Tesla earnings call, Musk lashed out at California government officials calling their temporary Covid-related health orders “fascist” in an expletive-laced rant.
In 2020, Musk personally relocated to the Austin area from Los Angeles where he had lived for two decades.
Vehicle production, however, will still take place in California.
Musk stressed he plans to expand the factory, where Tesla’s Models S, X, Y and 3 vehicles are built, in hopes of increasing its output by 50%.