It wasn't all talk after all.
Several weeks ago, Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of Tesla, announced on Twitter that he would be moving the car company's manufacturing facilities to Texas and Nevada in the wake of California's COVID-19 restrictions.
"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(t) on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.," he wrote.
Tesla is headquartered in Fremont, California. The big question was if the announcement was for real, or was it simply a power play to intimidate the folks there into giving Musk what he wanted?
Well, this week we finally got the answer. While not leaving California, Musk announced Wednesday that Tesla will build a "Gigafactory" near Austin to produce the company's Cybertruck, Semi and the Model 3 and Model Y.
The plant will be built on about 2,000 acres 15 minutes from Austin and will employ several thousand workers. And the whole shebang is being built with sustainability in mind.
"We're going to make it a factory that is going to be stunning. It's right on the Colorado River. So we're actually going to have to have a boardwalk over you, hiking, biking trail. It's going to basically be an ecological paradise," Musk said in his announcement.
Good news all around. And just more proof that Texas is a great place to do business.