Inc.’s engineering chief is out of Tesla just weeks after
Elon Musk took over production responsibilities during the rocky
ramping up of the Model 3 sedan.
Field, a senior vice president, is taking "time off to recharge
and spend time with his family" a spokesman said in an email.
Tesla also lost Matthew Schwall, its primary contact with U.S.
regulators. He is joining the
safety team at Waymo, the self-driving-car company started by
Google confirmed on Saturday.
46, had asked Field about a year ago to manage both engineering
and production to better align the two departments, the CEO
wrote in a tweet last
month. Musk was responding to a report by The
Information that said he had taken
direct control of production. The CEO confirmed this, tweeting
that it was “better to divide & conquer.”
Musk wrote that he regarded Field as “one of the world’s most
talented” engineering executives. He’s one of only four
executive officers named in the company’s recent proxy
52, made headlines in March with an email to workers that urged
them to “prove a bunch of haters wrong”
by boosting Model 3 output. Tesla came up short of a target to
build 2,500 of the cars in the final week of that month. On
April 3, the company reported that it produced 2,020 in the
previous seven days.
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With assistance by Kenneth Pringle