Just a few days after Elon Musk announced intentions to make staff cuts at Tesla, international media reported that since June 29, the company has already terminated some contracts of its collaborators.
In total it is estimated that 200 workers have been dismissed from the company, particularly specialists focused on the development of Autopilot, used to help autonomous driving.
The first cuts were in San Mateo, California, where Tesla had 276 people laying off 72.46% of the staff.
The work carried out by the unemployed had to do with identifying street images, including road signs or advertisements, with the aim of facilitating autonomous driving.
At the beginning of June, Elon Musk announced that he was planning to cut his workforce by up to 10%, without specifying an exact reason, he mentioned that in previous years «he had hired excessively» but did not elaborate on details regarding any financial crisis or cuts due to economic issues.
After his positioning Musk made another statement in which he assured, the layoffs would only be made with employees who work in offices and not in the creative and engineering parts, so that a total of 3.5% of Tesla’s workforce would be eliminated.
In recent days, Elon Musk said that his Tesla assembly plants, both batteries and vehicles, have losses estimated at billions of dollars in the face of «logistical problems», which have reduced production.