Tesla will move its headquarters from Palo Alto in Silicon Valley to Austin in Texas. Elon Musk made the announcement at Tesla’s annual general meeting, which was already held in Texas.
Tesla will not withdraw completely from California. The Fremont plant will remain and will even be further expanded, as will the Gigafactory in Nevada. Production is to be planned to be increased by 50% at both locations, Musk said during the Call.
Tesla now says that scaling the headquarters is the reason for the move: because of the extremely high real estate prices, it has become difficult for Tesla to continue scaling in the Bay Area in California and to find new employees. “It’s tough for people to afford houses, and lots of people have to come in from far away.
We’re taking this as far as possible, but there’s a limit to how much you can scale in the Bay Area, ” Elon Musk said. “But here in Austin, the factory is five minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from downtown.” In Texas, however, not only is the cost of living lower for employees, as Tesla’s tax burden could also drop somewhat.
For Musk himself, the move of Tesla’s corporate headquarters also helps to bundle his companies: The space company ‘SpaceX’ already has a location in Texas, but its headquarters is still officially in Hawthorne, California.
The assumption that Tesla could already announce the start of production of the Model Y in Texas in the course of the annual general meeting has not been confirmed. However, Musk expects that the first Model Y units can be manufactured in Texas before the end of the year.
Musk also noted that while production of 4680 cells will not begin anytime soon in Texas. Tesla’s pilot line in California near the Fremont factory will have enough capacity for now.
“We are making 4680 cells at our pilot plant in California, which is a large plant by normal standards. It is capable of 10 GWh per year,” Musk said. “That plant will be able to make more than enough cells for Giga Texas to scale Model Y production.”