Tesla shareholders have won a battle calling for improvements to the company's diversity and inclusion efforts, contrary to the wishes of the board of directors.
The vote took place at the company's annual shareholders' meeting in Austin, Texas, on Thursday.
This came after a US federal jury on Monday 4 October ordered the company to pay former contractor Owen Diaz $137m, ruling he was subjected to racist harassment. The company is battling dozens of similar accusations in a class-action lawsuit.
Also at the meeting, a proposal to remove CEO Elon Musk's brother Kimbal, and former 21st Century Fox executive James Murdoch was defeated.
Company moves to Austin
Following the meeting, Musk said he is moving company headquarters to Austin, where it is also building a new manufacturing plant.
Musk stressed that the company is not entirely leaving Fremont, CA, where its existing manufacturing plant is located.
“Our intention is to increase output at Fremont by 50%,” said Musk. “We will continue to expand in California – but even more so here in Texas."
Musk objected last year to a Covid-19 lockdown in California, calling the restrictions "fascist" and threatening to move the company.
Musk said Tesla will build its future Cybertruck and all-terrain EVs in Austin. And, he added, the company is currently scouring to buy as many electric vehicle batteries as it can amidst a global shortage.
“We need a lot of batteries,” he said.