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The Cybertruck Recall Is Different

Tesla has dealt with quality control issues before — but never with a robotaxi on the horizon.

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AM Briefing: Cybertruck, Recalled

On sticky accelerators, Alaskan oil, and sinking cities

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AM Briefing: Historic Votes

On a unionization effort at Volkswagen, the troubles with LCA, and a Mexican election

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AM Briefing: Tesla Layoffs Loom

On Musk’s workforce cuts, Appliance Week, and flooding in Russia

Tesla Is Reportedly Making Big Layoffs This Week
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Current conditions: Temperatures in Sapporo, Japan, surpassed 77 degrees Fahrenheit today, earlier than ever before • Gale-force winds are blasting Britain • The weather is looking greatfor the Boston Marathon.

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1. Tesla reportedly lays off 10% of global workforce

Tesla has reportedly laid off “more than 10%” of its global workforce, according to Jameson Dow at Electrek. In an internal company-wide email, CEO Elon Musk said “this will enable us to be lean, innovative and hungry for the next growth phase cycle.” The exact headcount isn’t clear but Dow calculates a 10% cut would bring the number of workers newly out of a job to about 14,000. The news wasn’t unexpected – employees had been whispering about potential layoffs for a few weeks, and their angst was fueled by the announcement last Thursday that Cybertruck production shifts at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Texas would be shortened, starting today. Dow notes the layoffs will hurt morale, “which is a shame, because we do need Tesla to keep pushing things forward, and to keep attracting the best and brightest.”

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Lessons from a First Time EV Owner

You want to charge early and often.

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For the first time in my life I now own a car, and it’s electric.

It took me a few weeks to narrow down my choices to a Hyundai Kona or a Ford Mustang Mach E. After much agonizing comparison, I went with the Kona. While I liked the Mach E’s sporty performance, longer range, and sizable front trunk, ultimately the Kona’s cheaper price, lighter materials, heat pump, and numerous mechanical buttons clinched the deal. After trading in a clapped out 2011 Subaru Impreza, the out-the-door sticker price for the Kona was a bit over $31,000 (though we opted to lease).

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