Elon Musk fired 500 people at Tesla after one bad meeting: The inside story

elon musk fired 500 people at tesla after one bad meeting: the inside story

Elon Musk fired 500 people at Tesla after one bad meeting: The inside story

Just a few weeks ago, Tesla Chief Elon Musk fired all employees in Tesla's electric-vehicle charging division. Two senior-level employees and the entire 500-member Tesla Supercharger team were laid off.

The circumstances that led to the mass firings have now been revealed, with detailed accounts from former employees, outside vendors, and contractors, who were quoted in a Reuters report.

Just a day before the mass layoffs, Elon Musk had met with Rebecca Tinucci, the former chief of the Tesla Supercharging division.

The former employees told the news agency that they were optimistic about Tinucci's meeting with Elon Musk, given the fact that the division is extremely important for Tesla's operations.

They were also optimistic about the meeting since Tinucci had already cut between 15-20% of staffers – part of a wider strategy – and believed that Elon Musk would affirm plans to provide a boost to charging-network expansion.Â

To their dismay, the meeting could not have gone worse. The employees quoted in the news agency's report said Musk was not at all pleased with Tinucci's presentation and wanted more people to be laid off.

However, Tinucci argued that more job cuts would undermine charging-business fundamentals and denied Musk's proposal.

Musk responded by firing Tinucci and her entire 500-member team.

The Tesla chief's decision came as a shock to the former employees and the departures from the supercharging division, viewed as a signature Tesla achievement and a key driver of its electric vehicle (EV) sales, have already caused massive disruption.

It is worth mentioning that Tesla Superchargers account for more than 60% of US high-speed charging ports.Â

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