Tesla Will Move HQ Out Of California "Immediately": Elon Musk

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 Tesla's Elon Musk has tweeted something eye-catching again, this time stating that Tesla will move its headquarters and its future programs from Fremont, California to "Texas/Nevada immediately", quoting Musk. Musk's tweet notably comes after the Alameda County, whose oversight the city of Fremont falls under, barred Tesla from re-opening its manufacturing facility until at least the 1st of June. Tesla's Elon Musk later tweeted that the company is filing a lawsuit against the Alameda County "immediately", asserting that the county's "unelected & ignorant" Interim Health Officer is acting contrary to the orders of the Governor of the state of California and "the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense!".

In another tweet, Tesla's Elon Musk encouraged an apparent Tesla shareholder who suggested a lawsuit to be filed against the Alameda County to "please do" that. "You should be allowed to recoup damages from the county," Musk tweeted.

The Alameda County has prevented Tesla from re-opening its landmark automobile factory in the city of Fremont as part of restrictions enacted to help curtail a coronavirus pandemic in California, where north of 60,000 cases have been recorded. Nonetheless, Tesla sought to re-open its factory but with “limited operations”, according to an internal e-mail sent by the company to its employees. The electric automaker's decision to re-open was based on new guidance from California Governor Gavin Newsom who on Thursday said that manufacturers in the state could re-open operations. Newsom however, warned that local governments could maintain more restrictive rules.

The Alameda County extended enacted stay-at-home orders through the end of May alongside other counties that in total account for more than 7 million Bay Area residents. A joint statement on that extension was issued by seven Californian counties. The Alameda County actually eased some lock-down restrictions but however, maintained a restrictive order on manufacturing companies. This has apparently not sat well with Musk, whose famed electric car automaker relies substantially on manufacturing at its Fremont facility. Musk has now taken to jabs at the Alameda County to prove his point.

It's unclear if Musk's statement that Tesla will move its headquarters out of California is for real or just a statement tweeted out of apparent vexation (Musk isn't new to such). Tesla notably has a huge manufacturing facility in the U.S. state of Nevada, so moving its headquarters there seems at least plausible. As for Texas, Tesla currently has no major operations in the state, although Elon Musk has said that the automaker would build a facility there to cater to the manufacturing of its recently unveiled Cybertruck.