Tesla Management Exodus Continues: Director Of Battery Engineering Quits

Tyler Durden's picture

Two months after Tesla lost its head of business development who wished to "spend more time with his family", shortly after the EV company's veteran battery technology director also unexpectedly quit (full list at the bottom of this article), and just weeks after Tesla decided to even out the ranks on the bottom as well, and fired "hundreds of workers" this week, including engineers, managers and factory workers even as the company struggles to expand its manufacturing and product line, the senior management exodus at Tesla has continued with the director of battery engineering leaving the company in recent weeks.

Jalopnik reports that Jon Wagner, who joined Tesla in 2013, worked as the team leader for battery pack design engineering at the automaker and helped develop technology in the Model S, X, and 3, according to his LinkedIn profile. He also served as Tesla’s interim director for battery manufacturing, body engineering and computer aided engineering, according to his LinkedIn page.

According to Jalopnik's sources, Wagner officially left the company within the past month, but "the circumstances of his departure aren’t immediately clear."

There are some hints on Wagner’s LinkedIn page, which says he still works at Tesla, but, as of last month, now states that he’s launching a battery and powertrain startup in Redwood, California.


“[C]ontact me to find out more,” Wagner writes on his page about the new venture, “now hiring!”

Jalopnik further speculates that It’s possible Wagner’s new venture was in the works for some time, before the Gigafactory issues became known. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said last week the company didn’t fully grasp the extent of the issues “until quite recently.”

Wagner is the latest in a string of management departures at the automaker, which last week said the “primary constraint” on production of the Model 3 has been problems at its massive battery factory. The company said the “combined complexity” of the all-electric sedan’s new battery module and the automated manufacturing processes for it has led to sluggish production. CEO Elon Musk said last week the company didn’t fully understand the issues “until quite recently.”

Tesla experienced hiccups at the Gigafactory earlier this year. In the second quarter, the company reported it had a “production shortfall” of 100 kWh battery packs through June. Tesla launched production of the Model 3 in July, but it hasn’t gone smoothly. Early last month, the company reported it produced only 260 Model 3s, less than 20 percent of its target of 1,500 for the third quarter of 2017. An investigation into Tesla’s manufacturing operations published last week by Jalopnik raised questions about the status of the car’s assembly line at the automaker’s California factory. At least one supplier had yet to receive the necessary approval for tooling to build their component, the investigation found, a crucial factor when trying to hit high production targets.

In a letter to shareholders last Wednesday, Tesla said the “primary constraint” on production was emanating from the Gigafactory, where it ran into problems making battery packs for the Model 3. Tesla said it’s “confident that throughput will increase significantly in upcoming weeks” and that it’ll “ultimately be capable of production rates significantly greater than the original specification,” but it pushed back a target of producing 5,000 Model 3s per week by the end of this year to late March.

Whatever the real reason behind Wagner's departure, the complete - and staggering - list of recent senior executive Tesla departures, just added one more entry.

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FORD_FIESTA's picture

TESLA? What's that?

Yuri Bezmenov's picture

Nikola Tesla was financed by JP Morgan and in 1944 the FBI seized his papers NY.

The real Tesla was a god given straight man and he solved the world's energy problem, but the talmudic banksters wanted to play Monopoly.

Barry Madingo-Odongo's picture

They are imposters, that's all what they are...hiding behind gentile names.

Occident Mortal's picture


Talking to yourself in public again?

The_Juggernaut's picture

Wish I had the balls to short TSLA, but I know some morons will bid it right back up.

SafelyGraze's picture

Director Of Battery Quits

however, Director of Assault stays put

as does Director of Combustion

all is well


Withdrawn Sanction's picture

Take a look at the attachment...practically the entire executive suite has left.  The CFO's departure is the big tell here. 

Sometimes, I actually feel sorry for all the bag holders (er, vehicle owners)....but then I realize that most are a bunch of virtue-signaling poseurs and I get over it.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Bingo. When the CFO leaves suddenly and unexpectedly, you can flip over the egg timer because it won't be long until this thing is COOKED.

cheech_wizard's picture

>Director of Combustion

So fire sale soon?

bluskyes's picture

Tesla, the new external combustion engine.

jcaz's picture

Making carz is hard......

Wagner left to start his own battery company- had enough of crazy Elon's shit.....

PrezTrump's picture

I studied Tesla's works and it is very unlikely he solved the world energy problems.  

His big breakthrough in the energy space which you are refferring to, is the transmission of electrical energy. 

There is still the big problem of creating the energy and taxing the energy.

Yuri Bezmenov's picture

"big problem of creating the energy and taxing the energy." 

Spoken like a true indoctrinated useful idiot..

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"I studied Tesla's works..."

You DID?  ALL of them?  Even the ones the FBI confiscated?  Now how did YOU do that? 

Bastiat's picture

He hacked Hillary's computer.  She has everything.

kochevnik's picture

Energy flows naturally into two oscillators near same frequency

IH8OBAMA's picture

Well, if Elon gave every executive who quits a new Tesla with a faulty battery that blows up he could curb the talen exodus.


So It Goes's picture

Kwikky - quoting a particularly virulent antisemite - who even Ford now disavows.

I'm gonna get a zillion downvotes - but just remember - if you are a CHRISTIAN living the the ME right now, the safest place to be is Israel.  Think about that for a minute.


Mr. Kwikky's picture

..say that to a Palestinian Christian


bugler1's picture

Antisemite: He who dares to tell the truth about the jews.

Israel: A terrorist state where 1st class citizen are indoctrinated to hate and kill 2nd class citizens.

How do you know a jew is lying? Cause he moves his lips.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

Semites are genetic descendent's of Shem, a son of Noah.  Ashkenazis are not Semites.  Ergo, when speaking of critics of modern-day Israel it is incorrect to label such critics as anti-Semitic.   Anti-Canaanites or anti-Edomites, or even anti-anti-Christs, but not anti-semitic. 

Dickweed Wang's picture

What's the difference between the modern State of Israel and Nazi Germany??

About 1500 miles and 70 years or so.

Dickweed Wang's picture

Correct, yep and exactly.

HominyTwin's picture

 It's actually in government controlled parts of Syria, and Hezbollah controlled parts of Lebanon. But please, continue being stupid.

Dickweed Wang's picture

. . . . if you are a CHRISTIAN living the the ME right now, the safest place to be is Israel . . .


Riiiight . . . that is if your definition of "safe" is having Jew teenagers spit on you and call you names for being a Christian or having the remaining Churches left in IsraHell vandalized regularly by those bastards.  You haven't heard about that stuff??  I'm not surprised by your ignorant comment.  IsraHell has no tolerance for ANYONE other than Jews . . . and that's a fact.

11b40's picture

Can I become a dual citizen?

Shlomo Scheckelstein's picture

Batteries and the name Tesla LMAO


Nice goathead logo btw HAHAHHAHA

mkkby's picture

Electric self drivers are a no go until 2 problems are solved.

All the computers/sensors needed will cut driving range in half or less. Turn on the a/c or heat and you won't get thru 18 holes on these golf carts.

Picture yourself in line after 3-4 cars for an electric "fill up". With gas you're still done in 5 minutes. But with electric you could be sitting there for 12-24 hours. With lots of electrics around I figure there'd be a need for 10x the number of charge stations compared to gas stations.

NOT GONNA HAPPEN without rebuilding cities, which means never gonna happen. You've been Musked!!!

Shlomo Scheckelstein's picture

..Ohh don't worry the megacities are coming (2050) . Agenda 2030, IoT, SMART all technology to keep the cattle occupied and distracted, until we round them up heheheh.

Stan Smith's picture

Apparently EVERYONE who's canned or fired just cant wait to spend more time with their family.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Yes, there are now nearly 100 million who would rather stay home with their family rather than work. We are really getting back to our roots.

totenkopf88's picture

A friend just got hired by Tesla-  I told him to keep his resume up-to-date.

DisorderlyConduct's picture

I just lost an engineer to Tesla last month. I just bit my tongue, thinking "man, I hope they are at last paying you well before the end"...

He will probably be back soon... LOL... Kids...

VWAndy's picture

 Replace um with an older person with proven tallent.

DisorderlyConduct's picture

I would if I could - believe me. All we get are Masters grads and they all think they're too damn smart. And that's right before they learn they don't know jack yet...

And God - they all job - hop right after I get em trained, too... Lost 3 this year and they take 6 months to get useful...

11b40's picture

The job-hopping is a 2-edged sword for them.  It sucks for everybody, but the only way many of them see to advance is to move.  Too many businesses have treated empoyees too badly for too long.  Virtually everywhere I go, and I get involved with a lot of offices, the concept of loyalty may as well be a calculus problem.  There are a lot of smart youngsters, too, and a lot of them are working hard at getting nowhere.

OTH, if turnover rates are too high for the industry norm, locating the reason often takes courage.

VWAndy's picture

 There is no magic battery bean folks.

just the tip's picture

if you want to get in touch with jon, just contact him at his new digs in stuttgart.

Joebloinvestor's picture

Science Fiction Theater!

2-36 The Magic Suitcase January 26, 1957 Charles WinningerJudith Ames A stranger arrives in a remote dwelling with a small suitcase. It has an electrical outlet on the outside and, in the stranger's absence, the homeowner's son plugs his electric train into it. He is scolded by his father but, after the stranger disappears without the suitcase, the man refers it to scientists because the energy the suitcase emits seems unlimited. Unable to pierce the material of the suitcase, the scientists use the suitcase's own energy to break it open. They do not fully understand what they find inside (a block of solidified hydrogen) and the suitcase no longer produces energy. A "killing the goose that laid the golden egg" tale.
robertocarlos's picture

maybe I could be the new head of batteries. Should I hook them up in parallel or series?