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This Just In: Layoffs hit Tesla, Model S delayed, CEO Out, Rochester Hills, MI office to close

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 Looks like the economic troubles hitting the nation haven't spared our friends at Tesla Motors. They announced today that 

  • They are going to lay off some staff (no word on how many yet)
  • Elon Musk, Chairman of the Board, will become CEO.  Ze’ev Drori looks like he is basically out, although he nominally retains some sort of position as a vice-chairman on the board of directors.
  • The Model-S (the sedan) has been delayed so they can focus on the Roadster and their drivetrain business
  • They're closing the Rochester Hills, MI engineering facility will close. Sounds like some of the jobs may come out to the Bay Area; the rest will probably account for the aforementioned layoffs.

 

Probably necessary to do in tough times, but not great news. SFGate has more.

 

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Yeah tough news for Tesla.  They're rumored to be laying off around 100 people, and the Model S is supposed to be delayed about 6 months until mid-2011.

 

Details in the Tesla blog.

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