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Podcast: Tesla Supercharger update, is battery swap going to be a thing?, Ford goes back on BEV, and more

Podcast: Tesla Supercharger update, is battery swap going to be a thing?, Ford goes back on BEV, and more

On the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy. In this week’s episode, we discuss what’s happening with the Tesla Supercharger network, is battery swap going to be a thing?, Ford goes back on BEV, and more. Sponsored by SplitVolt: The Splitvolt Splitter Switch automatically shares power from your existing 240V dryer socket with your Level 2 EV charger. Learn more here. The show is live every Friday at 4 p.m. ET on Electrek’s YouTube channel. As a reminder, we’ll have an accompanying post, like this one, on the site with an embedded link to the live stream. Head to the YouTube channel to get your questions and comments in. After the show ends at around 5 p.m. ET, the video will be archived on YouTube and the audio on all your favorite podcast apps: We now have a Patreon if you want to help us avoid more ads and invest more in our content. We have some awesome gifts for our Patreons and more coming. Here are a few of the articles that we will discuss …

Protesters Break Fence, Swarm Tesla Gigafactory

Protesters Break Fence, Swarm Tesla Gigafactory

“Companies like Tesla are there to save the car industry, they’re not there to save the climate.” Car Swarm A truly strange scene played out in the dusty grounds of a German Tesla Gigafactory on Friday when a swarm of masked protesters broke down a fence and tried to breach a factory building, Wired reports. The mob, many wearing black and seemingly trying to do a mass Naruto run, were at the factory grounds near Berlin to protest the company’s unpopular expansion plans, which includes mowing down 250 acres of forest, according to CNBC. Police told CNBC that protesters have been camping near the factory since Monday, culminating in the fence breach and blocking roads. Police arrested multiple demonstrators, some of whom sustained injuries during the breach and clash with law enforcement. Tesla told staff to stay home on Friday, calling the temporary factory closure a “one-day planned production shutdown.” Factory Goods The protests sprang up after locals expressed displeasure at Tesla expansion plans at 60 percent in a February poll, according to Wired. Since then, …

Tesla Exec Quits, Trashes Company

Tesla Exec Quits, Trashes Company

“It’s hard to see the long-game.” Model Employee Tesla’s head of product launches Rich Otto announced this week that he’s left the EV maker after seven years — the latest in a string of key executive resignations. Unlike other outgoing leaders who have left the company on publicly good terms, Otto slammed the company in a since-deleted post on LinkedIn that seems to criticize CEO Elon Musk’s gutting of the company’s workforce. “It’s a company I love and that has given me so much, but has also taken its pound of flesh,” Otto wrote. “Great companies are made up of equal parts great people and great products, and the latter are only possible when its people are thriving.” Otto took a stab at Musk’s leadership, arguing his recent decisions to let go of entire departments have left significant scars. “The recent layoffs that are rocking the company and its morale have thrown this harmony out of balance and it’s hard to see the long-game,” he added. “It was time for a change.” Great Resignations Otto joins …

Elon Musk says Tesla is spending 0 million on Superchargers this year after firing entire team

Elon Musk says Tesla is spending $500 million on Superchargers this year after firing entire team

Elon Musk says Tesla is going to spend over $500 million on expanding the Supercharger network this year after firing the entire charging team. It says a lot about the reason behind the firing. Last week, Elon Musk fired Tesla’s entire charging team amid broader layoffs at the company. We reported that the move resulted in Tesla backing out of leases on planned Supercharger stations and a lot of confusion amongst its partners in ongoing projects. This undoubtedly will result in Tesla’s slowing down its charging station deployment. Musk previously said that Tesla still plans to deploy Superchargers, but at a slower rate and with a focus on adding chargers to existing stations. Now, the CEO says that Tesla will spend more than $500 million on expanding the Supercharger network this year: Just to reiterate: Tesla will spend well over $500M expanding our Supercharger network to create thousands of NEW chargers this year. That’s just on new sites and expansions, not counting operations costs, which are much higher. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2024 Tesla has never released its …

Climate Protestors Storm Tesla’s Gigafactory in Europe

Climate Protestors Storm Tesla’s Gigafactory in Europe

Protesters charged onto Tesla’s factory site near Berlin on Friday, as part of a five-day demonstration against the carmaker’s local expansion plans. Footage on social media showed crowds of black-clad protesters on Tesla premises and running towards one of the site’s buildings. “800 people have entered the premises of the gigafactory,” Lucia Mende, spokesperson for the group Disrupt Tesla, told WIRED. She added activists were now on their way to a disused airfield which German media recently reported Tesla was using to store thousands of unsold cars. “They want to prevent the expansion of the factory,” Mende said of the protesters. “Several people are trying to gain unauthorized access to the Tesla factory premises,” the local police said on X, at around midday local time. “We are working to prevent this.” Mende claimed arrests had been made but did not know how many. Neither the police nor Tesla immediately replied to WIRED’s request for comment. “We here from the forest have witnessed how the protesters broke through police lines to get onto the factory grounds,” …

EnviroSpark just got M, and it’s ready to hire Tesla Supercharger team talent

EnviroSpark just got $50M, and it’s ready to hire Tesla Supercharger team talent

Photo: IHG Hotels & Resorts Thanks to a new $50 million investment, Atlanta-based EV charging company EnviroSpark wants to hire as many of the Tesla Supercharger team as possible. The $50 million investment from mid-market infrastructure equity investment firm Basalt Infrastructure Partners will allow EnviroSpark to rapidly grow its owned and operated network across the US, innovate technologies, and make its EV infrastructure more accessible and sustainable. EnviroSpark wants to do that with laid-off talent from Tesla, specifically the Supercharger team, which was laid off just over a week ago. This pop-up is on its website’s homepage: Aaron Luque, cofounder and CEO of EnviroSpark, said in an emailed statement: This is the single greatest talent acquisition opportunity since I founded EnviroSpark. Tesla had been able to scale their charging infrastructure due in no small part to the talented employees on the Supercharger team. With the help of our recent investment from Basalt, we’re looking to bring on as many of these highly skilled individuals as possible to achieve our ambitious growth objectives. Following a successful $15 million …

Amid Crisis, Tesla Has Removed Almost Every Single US Job Listing

Amid Crisis, Tesla Has Removed Almost Every Single US Job Listing

There could be a hiring freeze on the horizon. Silent Shutout As CEO Elon Musk carries out massive layoffs that continue to tear through Tesla’s workforce, it appears that the EV automaker is not only showing thousands of workers out the door, but closing it to new ones. Gizmodo reports that Tesla — which once boasted over 140,000 employees — currently lists just three positions on its career page for North America, when just over a week ago there were over 3,400 positions. The abrupt change suggests that there could be a hiring freeze at the automaker, in yet another sign of a company in crisis. It’s worth noting, however, that Tesla had similarly removed nearly all its job postings last month when the layoffs commenced, only to add them back days later. According to an archived version of its jobs page from May 1, the bulk of those thousands of now-nixed openings were in California, Texas, and Nevada, where Tesla operates its massive “gigafactories.” While those North American job listings have been wiped out, Tesla …

BP tells property owners left in the dark by Elon Musk firing Tesla charging team to call them

BP tells property owners left in the dark by Elon Musk firing Tesla charging team to call them

BP pulse, the fossil fuel giant’s EV charging division, is asking property owners left in the dark by Elon Musk firing Tesla’s charging team to give them a call as it plans to scoop up some of the sites. Last week, Elon Musk fired Tesla’s entire charging team to make a statement against the head of the team who was pushing back against layoffs. We reported that the move resulted in Tesla backing out of leases on planned Supercharger stations and a lot of confusion amongst its partners in ongoing projects. While this undoubtedly will result in Tesla’s slowing down its charging station deployment, it is an opportunity for other companies. Sujay Sharma, chief executive officer of bp pulse Americas, said in an interview with Bloomberg that site owners that were working with Tesla before should come: “If there are stranded real estate partners who are looking for someone to call, they should feel free to pick up the phone and call me or look me up on LinkedIn.” BP is also looking to scoop …

Tesla loses another manager to layoffs – but this one quit due to morale

Tesla loses another manager to layoffs – but this one quit due to morale

The Tesla layoff saga continues, with a manager leaving the company after 7 years. But this time, the manager wasn’t laid off, but rather left on his own volition due to the effect that layoffs had on morale. It seems like every few days there’s another notice of new layoffs at Tesla. It started with Tesla laying off “more than 10%” of its global workforce in mid-April, a layoff round which had been rumored for some time. In the wake of that first announcement, we’ve heard of many entire teams that have been cut, many seemingly for rather petty reasons. Tesla’s entire ad team was cut just a few months after being formed because CEO Elon Musk said the ads were “too generic.” And Tesla’s entire supercharging team felt Musk’s wrath after its standout head, Rebecca Tinucci, apparently did not satisfy Musk’s desire for more cuts – so instead, he axed the entire team, despite it being one of the most-successful within the company. Tesla also laid off several workers in software and service earlier this …

Tesla drives Luminar lidar sales and Motional pauses robotaxi plans

Tesla drives Luminar lidar sales and Motional pauses robotaxi plans

Welcome back to TechCrunch Mobility — your central hub for news and insights on the future of transportation. Sign up here for free — just click TechCrunch Mobility! Tap, tap. Mic check. Check 1, 2, 3. This thing on? Hey hey, yup, it’s the same TechCrunch Mobility newsletter you love, but on a different day. That’s right, this is not Sunday. It is in fact, Thursday morning.  Shall we jump into the latest transportation news? Heck yeah, let’s do this. A little bird Image Credits: Bryce Durbin The little birds in the autonomous vehicle industry were active this week. The biggie was a tip about Motional, the autonomous vehicle startup created by a joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv. If you recall, Hyundai recently agreed to spend nearly $1 billion on Motional — $475 million as a direct investment into the company and another $448 million to buy 11% of Aptiv’s common equity interest in the venture.  This week, we got to the consequences part of that deal. Motional is pausing all commercial operations and …