Elon Musk threatened in May to move Tesla to Texas, from California, where he has feuded with local officials about coronavirus restrictions.
Now he claims to have pulled the trigger, at least for himself.
Mr. Musk said on Tuesday that he had moved to be near a new factory Tesla is building outside Austin. Speaking at a conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal, he said California has become less accommodating to successful entrepreneurs and start-ups, comparing the state to a sports team that takes winning for granted.
“They do tend to get a little complacent, a little entitled, and then they don’t win the championship anymore,” he said.
Mr. Musk clashed with public health officials in California over measures put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which included shutting down car production at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area. He called restrictions to stop the spread of the virus “fascist” and predicted in March that there would be almost no new cases of the disease by the end of April.
He also announced in May that he would be “selling almost all physical possessions,” including his homes, and later listed for sale several homes he owned in California.
Speculation about a move by Mr. Musk or Tesla to Texas had increased in recent weeks. In addition to the Austin plant Tesla is building, Mr. Musk is also frequently drawn to Texas by his other company, SpaceX, which has substantial operations in the state, including a launch site on the Gulf of Mexico.
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