Elon Musk’s Tesla Announces New Engineering HQ in California

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Elon Musk announced a new Tesla engineering headquarters in California at the office in Palo Alto previously occupied by Hewlett Packard.

California Governor Gavin Newsom, who was accompanying Musk, said it was another proof of the renewable energy vibrancy of California.

The automaker company was founded in San Carlos, California, in 2003 and has existed for 20 years.

But Tesla moved its HQ to Austin, Texas, in October 2021 as it built a new Gigafactory in the state.

Tesla also owns Gigafactories in Nevada, Buffalo, Berlin, and Shanghai.

California is one of Musk’s largest markets globally, and Tesla continues to operate its factory in Fremont.

However, Musk’s relationship with California has grown increasingly complicated.

In 2020, Elon Musk threatened to move Tesla’s operation out of California due to disagreements during the Covid pandemic.

The company even sued California’s county as a form of protest. Musk also moved to Texas as SpaceX increased its activity in the southern part of the state.

But Tesla has maintained its presence in California by investing in its Fremont factory and old HQ in Palo Alto.

Besides, California has also invested in Tesla in the form of tax breaks and taxpayer-funded incentives.

Perhaps, the new relationship between Tesla and California will run better than ever.