Greg Reichow, Tesla Motors’ vice president of production, and Josh Ensign, the vice president of manufacturing, have announced that they are leaving Tesla. These departures are at a time when Tesla is preparing to launch its most important car: the mass-production Model 3. However, Tesla claims that these departures are not related to the recent delays and glitches with the Model X, which was released in 2015. Tesla has also stated that Reichow is just taking a leave of absence. These two losses for Tesla are part of a bigger story however; these two make a total of five Tesla vice presidents who have left the company this year.
The other three were Michael Zanoni, the vice president of finance and worldwide controller, James Chen, the vice president of regulatory affairs and deputy general counsel, and Ricardo Reyes, the vice president of global communications. To switch gears (no pun intended) to Tesla’s previous model, the Model X, the launch of this new model had been delayed eighteen months. This was due to Tesla attempting to include too many features into the first version as well as problems with the seats. Reichow, who was one of Tesla’s highest paid executives, was one of the main overseers of the Model X’s production. As for the Model 3, a $35,000 electric car, its projected launch date is late 2017. However, before this launch can take place, production capacity must be ramped up not only for the Model 3, but also for the Model X as well as all of the batteries that power Tesla vehicles.