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Tesla Caves to German Workers’ Salary Demands

Big raises in Germany may heighten tensions in California plant.

by on Oct.19, 2017

Tensions are reportedly high at Tesla's Fremont, California, plant after the company reportedly fired hundreds of underperforming workers.

Facing what it admits are production bottlenecks as it moves to roll out its critical Model 3 from its big factory it Fremont, California, Tesla has agreed to give workers at its German engineering unit a substantial pay increase.

German daily newspaper Die Welt reported the wage pact that included a new pay structure that will raise workers’ salaries by about 30% from current levels, the division’s works council said.

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“We will now get to a competitive wage level,” a spokesman for the company’s works council, which is required by German law, said this week after a staff gathering at Tesla Grohmann Automation GmbH. (more…)

Tesla Purges Hundreds of “Underperforming” Employees

EV maker says workers will be replaced.

by on Oct.16, 2017

Tesla reportedly fired hundreds of underperforming workers at its plant in Fremont, California, as well as its Palo Alto headquarters.

Claiming it was weeding out underperforming employees, Tesla dismissed hundreds of employees at its Palo Alto, California, headquarters campus and its Fremont assembly facility, according to multiple reports.

The San Jose Mercury News puts the number of firings at between 400 and 700 people, and they affected everything from factory workers to engineers to managers. According to that report, workers were not given advance notice of the decision.

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Tesla, in a statement, cited a company-wide annual review and said that it had not laid employees off, but rather that it let employees go based on lackluster job performance. (more…)

More Tesla Trouble: Electric Semi-Truck Reveal Again Delayed to Focus on Model 3 Production Snags

Investors largely ignore concerns.

by on Oct.09, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company is diverting resources from its semi truck launch to Model 3 production, which is behind schedule.

Tesla’s troubles continue to mount, even as investors appear to be holding onto a long view of the company, largely ignoring delays that include the slow ramp-up of production of the critical Model 3 sedan.

The California-based battery carmaker is again delaying the much-anticipated unveiling of its first-ever electric semi-truck. The event originally was scheduled for September then pushed back to Oct. 26. It now will take place Nov. 16, said CEO Elon Musk.

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The latest delay comes because Tesla is “diverting resources,” Musk said in a tweet, to resolve problems that have resulted in extremely slow production of the Model 3. The company is still largely having to hand-assemble the electric sedan, according to several reports, pushing it far behind on the ramp-up of a vehicle that is expected to finally bring Tesla into the black after years of substantial losses. (more…)

Elon Musk Wants to Send You to Mars – or at Least Around the World in an Hour

SpaceX aims to land two cargo ships on Mars by 2022.

by on Sep.29, 2017

An artist's rendering of SpaceX BFR spaceships on Mars. While the sky is blue and sunsets are red on Earth, it's the other way around on Mars.

Elon Musk is clearly out to change the way we travel, both where we go and how we get there. The visionary entrepreneur has laid out a series of plans for his SpaceX rocket company that would not only set the stage for colonizing Mars but speed up the process of getting to just about any place on Earth.

Musk has revealed plans for a next-generation spacecraft – dubbed BFR, for “Big Falcon Rocket” – that could be used to go from New York to Shanghai, for example, in less than a half-hour. With the internal nickname, “Big Fucking Rocket,” it would also be the vehicle to get man back to the moon and even Mars, Musk announcing plans to land two cargo ships on the Red Planet in 2022, and astronauts two years later.

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“That’s not a typo — although it is aspirational,” said the South African-born Musk, during a presentation at the International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, in Australia, early today.

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Porsche’s Mission E Compounds Problems for Tesla, Could Cripple Model S

California EV maker facing margin crunch as it struggles to claw into the black.

by on Sep.25, 2017

Tesla's Model S is facing pricing issues, in part, due to increased competition, like the upcoming Porsche Mission E.

For Tesla, the good news is that there are more than enough buyers standing in line for the new Model 3 than the California carmaker can handle through at least early 2019. The bad news is that demand has been sliding for the older Models S and X, forcing Tesla to slash prices by as much as $30,000.

And the challenge could soon get even tougher – for both Tesla’s high-line and lower-end products – as a flood of new competitors enter the market.

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That includes the Porsche Mission E, the German maker’s eagerly awaited first battery-electric vehicle. Set to go on sale in 2019, the German automaker’s CEO this month said that it will enter the market with a base price of “an entry-level Panamera,” or somewhere just south of $90,000. That would position it right on top of the base Tesla Model S. (more…)

Tesla Preparing for Battery Swapping Stations?

EV maker files application for patent.

by on Sep.18, 2017

Tesla filed a patent application for a battery swapping device.

Tesla appears to be following up on a plan it revealed a few years back to swap out dead batteries for fully charged ones for owners of vehicles who don’t have access to a supercharger.

The California-based EV maker filed a patent application for a portable battery changer design that would allow technicians to make the swap in as little as 15 minutes. A quick scan of the diagram in the application shows many similarities to the model it demonstrated in 2013.

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However, the version in the application appears to be smaller and portable, according to Electrek.com. This would allow them to be set up in areas that do not have superchargers. The company showed off its ability to swap the batteries in June 2013. (more…)

A Series of New Setbacks for Tesla

Debut of Electric Truck Delayed; top Musk lieutenant resigns.

by on Sep.14, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and his EV company have had a tough week, but investors are hanging in there.

It’s turning into a tough week for Tesla, the battery-carmaker hit with a series of potentially serious setbacks, delays and challenges.

That includes the departure of one of CEO Elon Musk’s most trusted lieutenants and an unexpected delay in the planned roll-out of Tesla’s heavy-duty electric truck. Meanwhile, the automaker is going to be facing a much more direct challenge from a broad range of established automakers now moving into the battery-car space.

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Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board this week issued its conclusion that Tesla’s Autopilot system played a “major role” in a May 2016 crash that killed a former Navy SEAL driving a Tesla Model S sedan. (more…)

NTSB Lists Tesla’s Autopilot as Factor in May 2016 Crash

Family declines to blame semi-autonomous system for death.

by on Sep.13, 2017

The Tesla Model S was completely destroyed in a May 2016 crash that killed Joshua Brown.

The National Traffic Safety Board completed its investigation into a fatal accident involving Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot system, determining while it was not the sole cause of the collision, it did play a role in the crash.

The new finding comes months after an initial report that found the fatal Florida crash in May 2016 likely could have been prevented if the driver had responded to warnings to put his hands back on the wheel, rather than relying on the Tesla sedan’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system.

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The new report claims “operational limitations” in the Model S driven by former Navy SEAL Joshua Brown played a “major role” in the collision a semi-truck crossing the road in front of the vehicle, according to Reuters. (more…)

Tesla Solves “Range Anxiety” For Owners Fleeing Hurricane Irma

Automaker activates remote wireless mileage increase.

by on Sep.11, 2017

Tesla expanded the battery storage capacity of its 60 kwh and 70 kwh batteries to allow those fleeing Hurricane Irma to give them more range on a charge.

Range anxiety can be a frustrating problem in the best of circumstances, but it could be life threatening for those fleeting a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Irma.

Tesla made things a little easier for owners of several versions of its Model S sedan and Model X in the days leading up to the arrival of the Category 4 storm, however, a period during which Governor Rick Scott advised millions of Florida residents to evacuate.

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Drivers on social media have been quoted indicating that they were getting as much as 30 to 40 miles more range than expected indicated on the instrument cluster of their Tesla battery-cars, a Tesla spokesperson telling TheDetroitBureau.com that the automaker used its ability to reprogram its vehicles wirelessly to increase the amount of battery capacity a motorist in the evacuation area could access. (more…)

NLRB Files Charges Against Tesla

Board claims Tesla's using illegal methods to keep UAW out.

by on Sep.01, 2017

The National Labor Relations Board filed charges against Tesla for illegally attempting to thwart UAW organizing efforts.

Tesla is facing a series of new charges from the National Labor Relations Board as pressure mounts to fill orders for its first mainstream vehicle, the Model 3.

The NLRB has charged electric car maker with violating worker rights for attempting to thwart an organizing campaign by the United Auto Workers.

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Tesla was charged by the NLRB’s Regional office in Oakland, California, with acts of intimidating and harassing workers and otherwise violating workers’ rights under federal labor law, the union noted in a statement, according to the NLRB complaint. (more…)