Abbott’s remarks got here simply got here three days after Musk threatened to maneuver Tesla’s headquarters and future operations to both Texas or Nevada, after officers within the California county the place Tesla’s solely U.S. car manufacturing unit is situated mentioned the plant couldn’t reopen as a result of coronavirus lockdown measures remained in place.
Abbott mentioned throughout an interview with the Wichita Falls CBS affiliate that he thinks Texas is an ideal match for Tesla (TSLA.O). A spokesman for Abbott confirmed to Reuters the governor spoke with Musk over the weekend.
“I’ve had the chance to speak to Elon Musk and he’s genuinely focused on Texas and genuinely pissed off with California,” Abbott mentioned. “We’ve simply bought to attend and see how issues play out.”
Abbott didn’t present particulars of the dialog. John Wittman, the governor’s communications director, mentioned there was not but any dialogue of incentives to entice Tesla away from California.
Tesla didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Musk final Thursday had instructed workers that restricted manufacturing would restart on the Tesla manufacturing unit in Fremont, after California Governor Gavin Newsom mentioned that producers within the state could be allowed to reopen beneath an easing of coronavirus containment measures. However officers in Alameda County, the place Fremont is situated, mentioned its personal lockdown measures had not been lifted and the manufacturing unit couldn’t but reopen.
Musk on Saturday tweeted: “If we even retain Fremont manufacturing exercise in any respect, it is going to be dependen (sp) on how Tesla is handled sooner or later.”
President Donald Trump weighed in on Tuesday, tweeting that California ought to let Tesla get again to work.
On Monday, Musk mentioned manufacturing was resuming on the manufacturing unit in defiance of the county order and that if anybody needed to be arrested, it ought to be him. On Tuesday, worker parking heaps that have been abandoned on Friday have been full of automobiles. Vehicles might be seen driving out and in of the manufacturing unit grounds.
Musk is not any stranger to Texas. His SpaceX spacecraft producer has a launch website within the southern tip of the state close to the village of Boca Chica.
Richard Cortez, the highest govt in Hidalgo County simply to the west of the SpaceX launch website, urged Musk in a letter to contemplate the realm for Tesla, saying the area’s heavy presence of automotive crops straddling the U.S.-Mexico border might rapidly meet the electrical automotive maker’s wants.
Cortez, in an interview with Reuters, underscored that manufacturing crops in his county have by no means been beneath any orders to shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Along with its car plant in California, Tesla has a battery plant in Sparks, Nevada, and a manufacturing unit in Buffalo, New York, that produces photo voltaic panels and different vitality era and storage merchandise.