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Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has confirmed that he has moved to Texas due to the electric automaker’s growing presence in the state.

The outspoken entrepreneur expressed concerns with staying in California earlier this year during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. At one stage, he threatened to move Tesla’s Californian headquarters to Texas due to lockdown measures in California. While Tesla itself has yet to move its headquarters to the Lone Star State, Musk has done just that.

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“For myself, yes, I have moved to Texas,” he confirmed to The Wall Street Journal in a recent interview. “We’ve got the Starship development here in South Texas where I am right now. We’re hopefully going to do a launch later today. And then we’ve got big factory developments just outside of Austin for Giga Texas as well.”

According to Musk, California has grown complacent.

“If a team has been winning for too long, they do tend to get a little complacent, a little entitled, and then they don’t win the championship anymore,” he said. “So California has been winning for a long time, and I think they are taking it for granted a little bit.”

The Musk Foundation, which gives grants for renewable energy, space exploration, AI development, science education and pediatric research, has also moved from California to Texas. Musk went on to add that Silicon Valley has started to decline in relevance, although he did point out that Tesla and SpaceX continue to “have massive operations in California.”

While Musk didn’t mention it in his interview, The Verge notes that the lack of personal income tax in Texas might have something to do with his move. After all, Musk is currently the world’s second richest person, trailing only Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and since he is poised to earn more than $50 billion in stock options, if he had stayed in California he would have to pay income taxes on the profits when he exercises them.

 


Chevrolet dealerships in California and Washington can no longer order a coupe or convertible 2021 Camaro SS, 2SS, ZL1 and ZL1 1LE.

These variants of the Chevrolet Camaro are equipped with brake pads that exceed the maximum amount of copper allowed in the two states, meaning they do not comply with their legislation. As such, customers cannot order an affected 2021 Camaro model for delivery after January 1, 2021, and dealerships will only be permitted to sell cars they currently have in stock.

“Due to restrictions in California and Washington state related to copper brake pads, customers in those states cannot order a 2021 Camaro SS, ZL1 and 1LE for delivery after January 1, 2021,” Chevrolet spokesman Kevin M. Kelly told GM Authority. “Customers can, however, purchase these models from available dealer stock in those states.”

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It is believed that the issue relates to Camaro SS, ZL1 and 1LE models with the upgraded Brembo brakes, although this hasn’t been confirmed by the car manufacturer. Fortunately, Chevrolet is looking to rectify the issue.

“We will resume allowing customers in California and Washington state to order the Camaro SS, ZL1 and 1LE models in 2022 when we introduce a new brake system that is compliant with the copper requirements,” Kelly added.

As noted by The Drive, California and Washington introduced legislation in 2010 and 2011 respectively to limit the amount of copper that can be used in brake pads. These two bills require that no more than 0.5 per cent of the material used in the brake pads is copper by 2025, and for 2021, the Brembo brake pads are said to exceed the permitted amount.

If the Mercedes-Benz G-Class isn’t high-end enough for you, Hofele Design thinks it has the answer with its latest project.

Dubbed the Ultimate HG, this comprehensively modified G-Class benefits from a comprehensive series of upgrades that give it a unique appeal. Most notably, it has been equipped with a set of suicide doors at the rear. What’s impressive about these new rear-opening doors is that they don’t look like a cheap aftermarket solution and instead something Mercedes-Benz itself has developed.

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Sticking with the exterior, other modifications include the fitment of huge 23-inch turbine-style wheels. The SUV has also been equipped with a distinctive front bumper and a unique chrome grille with vertical uprights. As with Hofele’s recent Mercedes-Benz GLE project, the Ultimate HG also has a fancy black and silver two-tone paint scheme. Completing the exterior upgrades are roof-mounted LED lights and electric running boards.

As for the interior, Hofele Design has applied luscious white leather throughout, in particular on the seats and across both the dashboard and the center console, making the cabin of the Ultimate HG a really nice place to sit. The real highlight are the heated, cooled, and reclining rear captain’s chairs and the bespoke center console in the second row that incorporates a large touchscreen display.

Hofele Design has also worked its magic on the rear cargo area of the G-Class, fitting new carpet and a gloss black floor with aluminum accents.

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