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Elon Musk opens Tesla’s Global Engineering HQ in Palo Alto, pre-production Cybertrucks spotted at the event

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Tesla’s Elon Musk just addressed the opening ceremony of the company’s Global Engineering Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The electric automaker live-streamed this short keynote by Elon Musk on Twitter and Youtube simultaneously.

Tesla has acquired and restored the HP Garage in Palo Alto, California for the company’s new Global Engineering HQ space. This is actually the birthplace of Silicon Valley with a historical significance in the rise of Palo Alto as the technology-leading place in the world.

“We’re inheriting an incredible legacy here, It’s a nice sort of poetic transition, from HP to Tesla,” Elon Musk said during his presentation. “We obviously intend to keep carrying that torch forward,” he added.

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The face of Tesla’s Global Engineering HQ building in Palo Alto, California. Credit: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, Tesla CEO Elon Musk decided to move his residence from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas. He took this move to focus on the development of the Cybertruck, Tesla Model Y production ramp at Giga Texas, and spearhead SpaceX’s Starship program.

Later on in 2021, due to multiple reasons and friction with the government of California on the Fremont factory closures, the main HQ of Tesla was also moved to Austin, Texas.

Since the start of Tesla in 2003 though, California has been the base for the automaker’s engineering and R&D. Perhaps, keeping this in view, Tesla and Musk decided to keep the core engineering development in California.

Locations of Tesla facilities marked on California’s map (left) and the range of products developed and manufactured in the state (right). Credit: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.
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Elon Musk during the presentation of the new Tesla Engineering HQ in Palo Alto, California on 22nd February 2023 (video below).

As we can witness in the above slide taken from Elon Musk’s presentation today, Tesla has summarized its operations in the state of California. In its Megafactory in Lathrop, Tesla is making Megapack stationary storage, and the Fremont factory has the highest output of cars in North America.

While Tesla Autopilot, chip development, robot design & development, and new vehicle design are going to take place at the Tesla Engineering HQ in Palo Alto, CA.

Graph: From under 10K Tesla employees in California in 2014 to around 48K in 2023. Credit: Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

According to Elon Musk, Tesla already employs around 48,000 people in California. So with the new Engg HQ, Tesla is going to open more employment opportunities in the state.

During his address and live stream, Elon Musk did not forget to mention that Tesla Model Y and Model 3 cars were the bestsellers in California in 2022, and not just for electric vehicles but overall as well.

Tesla also brought multiple pre-production units of the Cybertruck to the opening party of the Global Engineering HQ today. According to some attendees, there were two Cybertruck close-to-production prototypes present at the event, one outside the HQ and the other inside where the presentation was taking place.

Musk also announced that this year’s Investor Day will take place on Wednesday, 1st March 2023. Today’s party was basically a recruitment event to attract new talent aiming to work on world-changing products and ideas.

Pictures from the Tesla Global Engineering HQ opening event in Palo Alto, CA. Cybertruck prototypes also made it to the event.
Video: Pre-production Cybertruck prototype spotted outside Tesla’s Global Engineering HQ in Palo Alto, California before the event took place.
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Elon Musk shares the video of the Cybertruck prototype from the Tesla Engineering HQ.
Tesla Cybertruck close-to-production prototype present at the Tesla Global Engineering HQ opening event in Palo Alto, California on 22nd February 2023. Credit: Tesla East Bay Fremont via Twitter.

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Video: Opening party and Elon Musk’s presentation at Tesla’s Global Engineering HQ in Palo Alto, California on 22nd February 2023.

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By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on XAutoWorld.com, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

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