20/05/2022

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Musk moves Tesla to Texas after ‘fascist’ California lockdown

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Tesla is to quit Silicon Valley and move its headquarters to Texas soon after main government Elon Musk criticised lockdown measures by community leaders as “fascist”. 

The electric motor vehicle company will go from Palo Alto to the Texas capital, Austin, Mr Musk informed a assembly of Tesla shareholders, earning it the largest business to quit Silicon Valley for the Lone Star state yet. Tesla is also developing a large “gigafactory” in Austin.

Mr Musk informed buyers: “I’m fired up to announce that we’re relocating our headquarters to Austin, Texas… Just to be very clear, though, we will proceed to develop our activities in California.”

The Tesla billionaire has been an outspoken critic of some of California’s coronavirus insurance policies, at 1 stage calling them “fascist”, immediately after they pressured the motor vehicle organization to near its plant in Fremont owing to lockdowns.

In May well previous 12 months, Mr Musk sued state officers, claimed Tesla would shift its headquarters and threatened to shut down production in California. Mr Musk moved his property to Texas very last December.

But Texas has also seemed to lure businesses with beneficial tax breaks. This yr, Texas will give tax breaks totalling $44.5bn (£33bn), like $14bn in residence tax breaks and billions of bucks in breaks for auto profits. The state has no cash flow tax. It also has some of the least expensive electricity price ranges in the US and loose business enterprise rules. 

California has also proved prohibitively pricey for dwelling fees, with soaring home charges. 

Tesla is not the 1st know-how business to abandon Silicon Valley. Palantir, a huge info organization established by Republican supporter Peter Thiel, left California for Denver, Colorado. Many others like HP and Oracle, which was founded by Republican Party donor Larry Ellison, have both also relocated.