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Elon Musk Reportedly Fired the Supercharger Team in What Sounds Like a Tantrum | Car Scoops

Sources say that after laying off 15 to 20 percent of the Supercharger team, Musk felt it wasn’t enough and took action

    Elon Musk reportedly fired the Supercharger team in what sounds like a tantrum

  • Elon Musk has reportedly scrapped plans to lay off 15-20% of the Supercharger team and fired most of the department, including its head.
  • Tesla is now trying to rehire some of the laid-off Supercharger employees, but the success of those efforts is unclear.
  • Former Supercharger team members express concern for the future of the network following mass layoffs.

There’s no question that it was a shock when Tesla laid off virtually its entire Supercharger team in April. It’s clear that the electric car maker doesn’t have another bumper harvest year ahead of it, but the move seemed very extreme. Now a new report says that CEO Elon Musk himself made the decision because he felt that the cuts planned by Supercharger boss Rebecca Tinucci weren’t big enough.

During a meeting referenced in a Reuters report, Tinucci expressed confidence that Musk would support her plan, which called for a 15 to 20 percent reduction in the team. Contrary to her expectations, sources suggest that Musk did not support her proposal, which led to her firing along with her 500+ team. Therefore, Tesla is now struggling with the consequences of these decisions.

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According to Reuters, several sources familiar with the situation detailed the meeting after learning about it from Supercharger department heads. To put it simply: There’s no clear way to know exactly how things went, but none of this sounds good.

A letter from a Tesla global supply manager noted that Supercharger contractors and suppliers should “please continue breaking ground on all newly awarded construction projects” and stop purchasing materials. The letter acknowledged the difficulties posed by these changes and added: “I understand that this time of change can be challenging and that patience is not easy when waiting to be paid!”

Musk has since promised to spend $500 million on the network this year.

    Elon Musk reportedly fired the Supercharger team in what sounds like a tantrum

Of course, to do the work that comes with such a large bill, Musk needs to have staff. To that end, he and Tesla appear to have already backed down and tried to persuade some employees to return. How successful these efforts are will not be immediately apparent. What is clear is that Tesla is in the midst of a large-scale transformation.

After one of the worst quarters ever, Musk seems determined to win the robotaxi game. The company openly admits that it will cut about 10 percent of its workforce globally and has launched new initiatives aimed at increasing profits. “Full Self-Driving” is cheaper than ever and is available with a demo period on every new Tesla (except Cybertruck). The Model Y is now also available in a version with limited software range.

All of this comes as former Supercharger team members say they expect the network to deteriorate. This is very bad news for a brand whose claim to success rests primarily on how easy it is to charge.

    Elon Musk reportedly fired the Supercharger team in what sounds like a tantrum

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