Tesla lays off its entire Supercharger team

Tesla lays off its entire Supercharger team
Tesla lays off its entire Supercharger team

Difficult start to the year for Tesla, which recorded the first drop in sales in four years in the first quarter of 2024. The world’s leading electric car manufacturer sold “only” 386,810 cars in the first three months of the year, while it was counting on at least 430,000 units. Compared to the first quarter of 2023, their volumes fell by 8.5%. It must be said that the brand has experienced multiple difficulties in recent months, between strikes by Swedish, Norwegian and Danish dockers, the conflict in the Red Sea and tensions with China which have lengthened delivery times and weakened production in the factories in Berlin (Germany) and Fremont (United States).

Reduce 10% of the workforce

Faced with this disappointing commercial record, the brand announced that it wanted to part ways with 10% of its workforce, to “reduce costs and increase productivity”, or around 14,000 people. Today, we learned that Elon Musk (Tesla boss) has started his big housecleaning, by dismissing the entire Supercharger team, responsible for the design and deployment of the brand’s charging stations. Rebecca Tinucci, senior director of the Supercharger business, and Daniel Ho, program manager, have been let go, and their 500 employees will be let go soon. Musk hopes that “these actions will make it clear that we must be absolutely uncompromising when it comes to reducing headcount and costs.”

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So, what future for the Supercharger network at Tesla? Musk wants to be reassuring, explaining “Tesla still plans to develop its Supercharger network, but at a slower pace [qu’auparavant] and focusing more on the development and expansion of existing sites. »

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