HOUSTON – State and local leaders made a pitch to bring Tesla to Texas Monday, after the company’s CEO Elon Musk threatened to move headquarters from California to Texas or Nevada, in protest of the stay-home orders that have kept the carmaker’s factory shuttered.
“We believe we are strongly located, ideally located,” said Fort Bend County Judge KP George.
Fort Bend was one of at least two counties to pitch to Musk, following a series of frustrated tweets by him over the weekend.
“Frankly, this is the final straw,” Musk wrote. "Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately,” the tweet continued.
Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020
Musk has argued his case against California’s approach to combatting the coronavirus in recent weeks, particularly restrictions on businesses deemed non-essential during the shutdown.
“Tesla is filing a lawsuit against Alameda County immediately. The unelected & ignorant ‘Interim Health Officer’ of Alameda is acting contrary to the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense!” Musk wrote.
Hidalgo County in Texas also pitched the idea of Tesla setting up shop to Musk. Monday afternoon, Musk restarted production in California.