It looks like Elon Musk grew tired of government officials ignoring his numerous pleads to lift production restrictions and get the factories back to operational status. For this reason, he is planning to take the headquarters of Tesla to Texas, where the local authorities are more lenient when it comes to matters of this nature.
The electric car maker is planning to build a new “Terafactory” there, and they need to raise it extremely fast. As the Tesla CEO stated, they expect the first Cybertrucks and Model Ys to leave the Texas production lines as finished products by the end of 2021.
Some say that this is overly ambitious and that only the basic production lines will have been prepared by then. After all, the company is still considering the options that it was given concerning the area where the plant could be raised, so not even the landscaping bulldozers are in position yet. Tesla has already some presence in Texas, operating corporate offices where former AMD engineers are working on the “Autopilot 3.0”. However, this is nothing compared to the Terafactory that is going to be developed now.
People close to Elon Musk reported that the man was processing the idea of moving to Texas for a while now, but nobody expected that to happen right now. It really looks like the restrictions placed by the California government over the operation of the Fremont factory played a key role in that part. An interesting and almost comical part of this whole piece is that any cars produced in the Texas factory won’t be eligible for purchase by Texas-based citizens. This is due to a law in the area that forbids automakers to sell cars directly to the consumers, as Tesla does. This was lobbied by the Texas Auto Dealers Association (TADA), and the regulation still stands.