Elon Musk dons a cowboy hat to launch a new Tesla factory in Texas

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled a new manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas with a blockbuster party.

Musk arrived on stage at the “Cyber ​​Rodeo” in a Tesla Roadster wearing a black cowboy hat. According to The Wall Street Journalthe contractor gave new details on the Cybertruck – which Musk said would be built at the site from 2023 – as well as the new Roadster and tractor-trailer.

“We are truly entering a new phase of Tesla’s future,” Musk proclaimed.

Musk also said Giga Texas is the largest factory in the world by volume. As he described it, it is “the equivalent of three Pentagons; when a building is measured in Pentagon units, you know it’s big enough.

“According to our calculations, you could house 194 billion hamsters in this building,” he continued.

The party was by invitation only and closed to the media, according to ABC Newswhile up to 15,000 people were expected.

Last year, Elon Musk revealed that Tesla would move its headquarters from California to Texas, despite maintaining a manufacturing presence in the Golden State. Musk previously threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters in 2020 when COVID-19 shutdowns shuttered the company’s manufacturing plant in Fremont, California.

“It’s hard for people to afford houses, and people have to come from afar,” Musk said. “There’s a limit to how big you can go in the Bay Area. In Austin, our factory is five minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from downtown.

Earlier this week, Elon Musk became Twitter’s largest shareholder following the purchase of a 9.2% stake in the social media company. He promised “to make meaningful improvements to Twitter” and asked his followers whether Twitter “rigorously adheres” to the principles of free speech.

In the wake of his purchase — after which he was named to Twitter’s board — many employees are wary of any reforms Musk might make to the site. Twitter told Reuters that the company’s board “plays an important advisory and feedback role across our service,” while day-to-day decisions are made by Twitter management and employees.

One employee found the distinction “hard to believe” and told Reuters: “If that’s the case, why would Elon want a seat on the board?”

Reuters added that other employees are concerned Musk is changing Twitter’s “corporate culture” of “inclusivity” because Musk “has come under heavy criticism for posting memes that made fun of transgender people. and efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.”

“Some people are dusting off their resumes,” another employee told the outlet. “I don’t want to work for someone [like Musk].”

Musk’s launch on Twitter appears to be at least partially driven by corporate censorship, particularly of conservatives. Musk reportedly reached out to Seth Dillon, the CEO of Christian satire site The Babylon Bee, before posting a poll on Twitter for his followers to vote on.

“Musk reached out to us before surveying his followers about Twitter’s commitment to free speech,” Dillon reported. “He wanted to confirm that we had indeed been suspended. He even thought about this call that he might need to buy Twitter. He is now the largest shareholder and sits on the board of directors.

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