Elon Musk is officially moving to Texas, the Wall Street Journal reported. During an interview with Matt Murray, WSJ Editor-in-Chief, Musk confirmed his relocation to the Lone Star State.
“For myself, yes, I have moved to Texas,” Musk told Murray. The eccentric billionaire clarified that his change had to do with SpaceX’s continuing work with Starship and the building of Tesla’s new massive car plant, Gigafactory Texas. Musk has confessed to spending a lot of time in Texas between the two projects. For Musk, going to the Lone Star state makes sense.
Musk hinted that California had a bit to do with his move to Texas. He clarified that the Sunshine state had become a little complacent and maybe even a little entitled. Over the years, Silicon Valley of California has become something of an epicenter for tech firms.
As such, companies like Tesla haven’t had to fight for it. It seems other states are putting in a lot of work. For example, between Texas and Oklahoma, the rivalry for Tesla’s next Gigafactory was humorous and gave the EV automaker some good opportunities.
When Murray asked the billionaire to make the speculation about his move to Texas simpler, Musk stressed some hard truths about his California enterprises, Tesla and SpaceX. Musk prefaced his answer with: “First of all Tesla and SpaceX obviously have mass operation in California. In fact, it’s worth noting that Tesla is the last car company still manufacturing cars in California. SpaceX is the last aerospace company still doing significant aerospace manufacturing in California.”
Musk stressed that the Sunshine state used to have hundreds of car plants. He also told Murray that California was once at the heart of aerospace development. Today, the only two businesses of their type in the state are Tesla and SpaceX.
Currently, Musk does not seem to have any plans of relocating Tesla and SpaceX entirely out of California. However, it could still be on the table. Ultimately, it will depend on the reaction of California to Elon Musk’s. Would Elon Musk’s departure be followed by other tech leaders?
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