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Tesla Model 3 Production Head Doug Field Exits the Electric Car Company

Musk has been managing the Tesla production line, which has been rejiggered to pump out cars faster.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:July 5, 2018, 1:14 PM IST
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Tesla Model 3 Production Head Doug Field Exits the Electric Car Company
Tesla Model 3. (Image: AFP Relaxnews)
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Tesla has confirmed that the head of Model 3 production, who went on leave after chief executive Elon Musk took over his duties, will not be returning. The departure of engineering senior vice president Doug Field came as California-based Tesla appeared to have finally hit a self-imposed goal of cranking out 5,000 Model 3 electric cars in a week.

Tesla co-founder Musk fired off a Twitter post over the weekend saying "7,000 cars, 7 days." In a note to investors on Monday, Analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities said that in the preceding week, Tesla produced 5,000 of its Model 3 cars, along with a combined total of 2,000 Model S and Model X vehicles.

Musk has been managing the Tesla production line, which has been rejiggered to pump out cars faster. Field will not be returning to the company, according to Tesla. "After almost five years at Tesla, Doug Field is moving on," a company spokesman told AFP.

Tesla, Elon Musk, Tesla Roadster, Tesla Model 3 Production, Automation, Technology News Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Photo used for representational purpose.I (Photo: Reuters)

"We'd like to thank Doug for his hard work over the years and for everything he has done for Tesla." Tesla announced in June that it was cutting nine percent of its workforce to enhance profitability, but said the move would not affect an ambitious production ramp-up of its Model 3 sedan.

The job cuts are part of a company-wide restructuring to address excess staff in some areas due to the company's speedy growth, Musk said in an email to employees. "Given that Tesla has never made an annual profit in the almost 15 years since we have existed, profit is obviously not what motivates us," Musk said in the message.

"What drives us is our mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable, clean energy, but we will never achieve that mission unless we eventually demonstrate that we can be sustainably profitable."
| Edited by: Arjit Garg
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