Tesla production leader Doug Field exits company

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on July 4, 2018.
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SAN FRANCISCO: Tesla on Monday confirmed that the head of Model 3 production, who went on leave after chief executive officer 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.

Tesla has been under pressure to increase production to show it can operate profitably and at the kind of scale needed to be considered a major auto company.

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. “We’d like to thank Doug for his hard work over the years and for everything he has done for Tesla.” — AFP