Tesla, the company that has become a fixture of Silicon Valley and a global disruptor in auto sales, has hired a former electrician as its chief executive.
In a blog post Thursday, Musk said the appointment is part of the company’s plan to expand its customer base.
“We’re committed to helping people and businesses thrive, and it’s why we’ve hired former electricians to run Tesla’s operations in California,” he wrote.
“We want to build a Tesla that will continue to empower people, build better jobs, and make the world a better place for everyone.”
Musk was named CEO of Tesla in 2016 and later joined the company as CEO of SpaceX.
He also previously served as chairman of the board of directors of Google and as the president of the International Association of Machinists.
Tesla’s electric cars are sold through dealerships in California, Nevada and Oregon.
Musk said in the blog post that the company will “continue to build the electric vehicle ecosystem in California and Nevada to the benefit of everyone who wants to get on the road to a better future.”