Elon Musk, Governor Abbott discussed potential Tesla move to Texas

Yahoo reports Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Tuesday that he spoke with Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Inc <TSLA.O>, in recent days about a potential move of the company’s electric vehicle assembly plant to the Lone Star state.

Abbott’s remarks came just came three days after Musk threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and future operations to either Texas or Nevada, after officials in the California county where Tesla’s only U.S. vehicle factory is located said the plant could not reopen because coronavirus lockdown measures remained in place.

Abbott said during an interview with the Wichita Falls CBS affiliate that he thinks Texas is a perfect fit for Tesla <TSLA.O>. A spokesman for Abbott confirmed to Reuters the governor spoke with Musk over the weekend.

“I’ve had the opportunity to talk to Elon Musk and he’s genuinely interested in Texas and genuinely frustrated with California,” Abbott said. “We’ve just got to wait and see how things play out.”

Abbott did not provide details of the conversation. John Wittman, the governor’s communications director, said there was not yet any discussion of incentives to entice Tesla away from California.

Tesla did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Musk last Thursday had told employees that limited production would restart at the Tesla factory in Fremont, after California Governor Gavin Newsom said that manufacturers in the state would be allowed to reopen under an easing of coronavirus containment measures. But officials in Alameda County, where Fremont is located, said its own lockdown measures had not been lifted and the factory could not yet reopen.

Musk on Saturday tweeted: “If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen (sp) on how Tesla is treated in the future.”

TCO reported Tesla Chief Elon Musk thanked President Trump for backing his plan to open the California Tesla plant.

Trump tweeted “California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!”

to which Elon Musk responded “Thank you!”

One Twitter user responded:

You just agreed with Donald trump.
…Let that sink in, Elon.

to which Musk replied:

Those who always disagree have a closed mind … but, by their very nature, that won’t sink in (sigh)

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Tuesday evening Musk tweeted:

Earlier in the day, Musk wrote:

Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.

He also answered a question from Michelle and wrote:

Yes, California approved, but an unelected county official illegally overrode. Also, all other auto companies in US are approved to resume. Only Tesla has been singled out. This is super messed up!