Tesla generated $44.4 million of economic activity for CA every day in 2021: IHS Markit

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A recent post from Tesla has outlined a number of key insights about the electric vehicle maker’s footprint in California. While Tesla currently lists Gigafactory Texas as its headquarters, the Golden State will always be the place where the company grew and hit its momentum. And based on a report, Tesla has provided substantial economic activity for California over the past few years, generating $44.4 million of economic activity every day in 2021. 

Tesla was founded in San Carlos, California, 20 years ago, and since then, the company has grown into the world’s undeniable leader in electric vehicles and the state’s largest manufacturing employer. As noted by Tesla in its recent post, its California footprint today is comprised of “Megapack production and vehicle castings in Lathrop, hardware and software engineering in Palo Alto, vehicle and battery manufacturing in Fremont, battery development and testing in San Diego and vehicle design in Hawthorne.” 

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These facilities have had a large impact on California’s employment, wages, gross state product, and taxes. This became particularly notable over the past decade, with Tesla-supported jobs in the state increasing by 40% from 2018 to 2021. Tesla’s 2021 wages also exceeded the state average by 50%, a notable number considering the narrative painted against the company due to its non-unionized workforce.

As per a report from IHS Markit, Tesla’s contributions to the California economy can be summarized in the following section:

Supported an average of 59,440 jobs from 2018 to 2020, rising to 80,484 jobs in 2021 

  • In 2021, this represented 0.5% of California employment or 1 out of every 208 jobs 
  • For every 100 direct Tesla jobs, 50 more were supported in the supply chain and 68 by follow-on consumer activity 

Stimulated economic activity (sales) of $16.6 billion in 2021 was 40% higher than the 2018 to 2020 average of $11.9 billion

  • This was equivalent to generating $44.4 million of economic activity every day in 2021
  • Tesla’s direct sales rose from $5.7 billion in 2018 to $7.4 billion in 2021
  • Tesla directly spent over $1.6 billion with California suppliers in 2021, which triggered another $900 million in supply chain sales activity

Contributed $10.4 billion or 0.3% of California’s gross state product (GSP) in 2021

  • This was 42% higher than Tesla’s 2018 to 2020 average GSP contribution of $7.2 billion. 

On average, $1.0 million of Tesla’s revenue in California converts to $1.5 million in GSP

Stimulated an average annual wage of $128.6K in California during 2021

  • This was 50% higher than the CA average annual wage of $85.7K

Approximately 30% of the economic contributions were stimulated by the local consumer spending of Tesla and its suppliers’ employees

Generated a total of $1.5 billion in California state & local taxes plus federal $2.5 billion in federal taxes from 2018 through 2021

Last year, Tesla’s economic contributions to California were still impressive, with the company growing its headcount to 47,000 employees in the state. That’s still a significant number, considering that California is no longer the state that hosts the electric vehicle maker’s headquarters. That being said, Tesla executives have noted in the past that despite Tesla’s expansion, the company would continue to grow in California, just as revealed in IHS Markit’s report. 

IHS Markit’s report on Tesla’s impact on California’s economy from 2018 to 2021 can be viewed below.

Tesla California Economic Impact Final Report October 2022 by Simon Alvarez on Scribd

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Tesla generated $44.4 million of economic activity for CA every day in 2021: IHS Markit
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