Elon Musk is reportedly planning a move to Texas after his tirade about California’s coronavirus response
Tesla CEO Elon Musk put his California houses on the market this year while he was sparring with state lawmakers over Covid-19 restrictions. He’s simultaneously been expanding operations in Texas and cozying up to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
Now, several of his close friends and associates say that Musk has told them he’s planning to move to the Lone Star State. The people with knowledge of his plans asked not to be named because their conversations were private.
Noting that Musk is the world’s second-wealthiest person behind Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, CNBC reports that Musk “spends most of his time between Austin, where Tesla and his tunnel start-up Boring Company have operations, and a coastal village called Boca Chica, home to a SpaceX facility.”
SpaceX has been operating in Texas since 2003. Earlier this year, Tesla opted to build a massive car factory just east of Austin. Tesla has said it plans to create at least 5,000 jobs in Austin, although experts suggest the final figure could be significantly higher. And late this year, The Boring Company started posting jobs in Austin.
A move would make good, at least partially, on the billionaire’s threat to move his automaker from California in May amid a spat with local regulators about their response to cull the spreading coronavirus. Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, was required to cease operations for a short period of time.
Even before the tweet, Musk had called California’s rules fascist, urging the state on an earnings call to “give people back their goddamn freedom.”