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Tesla Rehires Ex-Supercharger Members After Weeks Of Layoffs

Tesla’s Rehiring Of Some Supercharger Team Members Includes $500M Expansion On Its Supercharger Network 

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By Michael Phoon • May 14, 2024

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After several weeks of massive layoffs by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, there has been a reversal of decisions stirring the electric vehicle (EV) industry with the company now rehiring certain ex-members from its Supercharger team including Max de Zegher, the former director of charging for North America according to Bloomberg.  

Previously, Tesla had laid off around 500 members from its Supercharger team with top executives including Rebecca Tinucci. Other notable departures from the team include Daniel Ho, Tesla’s director of new products and vehicle programs, and Allie Arebalo, who is the company’s senior director of HR. Resignations from the team also include Drew Baglino, head of battery development, and Rohan Patel, vice president for public policy.

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Musk’s leadership has been questioned due to the major layoff decision while stating that Tesla will still expand its Supercharger network with a $500 million investment that includes adding thousands of new superchargers in 2024. With the return of Max de Zegher, the company’s expansion plans for its Supercharger network appear more realistic. Yet, it is still unclear as to the number of rehired members in Tesla’s workforce according to Bloomberg

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As many EV owners depend on Tesla’s Supercharging network with companies like Polestar, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia, BMW, and many more compatible with Tesla’s Superchargers starting in 2024. With Tesla playing a big part in the U.S. charging infrastructure with over 50,000 Superchargers, the company’s role is more vital, and the action of rehiring ex-Supercharger members signals positive cues. 

While Musk navigates the situation with Tesla’s reshaping coming from its underwhelming Q1 2024 results, the EV industry could see more rehiring of ex-Supercharger members or the opposite depending on meeting the growing demands of the EV market.

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