Elon Musk hosts a ‘cyber rodeo’ party to celebrate the grand opening of Tesla’s new global headquarters in Austin, Texas | tech news

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In October 2021, Tesla officially moved its headquarters from Palo Alto, California to Austin, Texas. As we reported a year earlier, Musk voiced his dissatisfaction with California over the state’s lockdown rules and poor handling of stay-at-home orders. Musk later filed a lawsuit after a California county health official blocked the reopening of the Tesla factory.

Six months later, Tesla is celebrating the grand opening of Tesla’s new global headquarters in Austin, Texas, with the “Cyber ​​Rodeo” that included live music, carnival games, art installations, and topped off with fireworks. At Thursday night’s event, Musk spoke about how massive the new $1.1 billion factory is.

Dressed in a cowboy hat and sunglasses, Musk later teased products still in development, including the Cybertruck, and a robotaxi, which he promised would look quite futuristic.

“We needed a place where we could be really big. And there’s no place like Texas,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk said to a cheering crowd of thousands of fans. Musk added that Tesla is still expanding in California and that Giga Texas is the world’s largest factory by volume.

Musk also said the company is entering a new phase with its sixth factory and new global headquarters in Travis County.

“It’s also going to be better for the environment because we want to make the cars where the customers are and not put them on ships across the oceans, so it’s going to be a lot better to make the cars locally,” he said during his speech, which was also streamed live online (video below). During his opening remarks, Musk added:

“Two-thirds of the electric vehicles in the United States are made by the Tesla team.”

Also in attendance was CS Freeland, the founding CEO of a start-up called the Austin Venture Association, who helped set up the party.

“The entrepreneurial ecosystem is growing here in the city, and that’s one of the reasons we created the Austin Venture Association to help startup founders here in the area,” she said. “And of course, the fact that Elon Musk and all of his portfolio companies are in town will really help focus even more energy on it, I think.”

Freeland added that Austin’s tech scene has “exploded.”

“Just the spirit of entrepreneurship, it’s the wild wild west, y’all!” She said.


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