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Tesla loses its production head at critical time, says source



Tesla's production head, responsible for all the car production at the Fremont factory, Peter Hochholdinger, is no longer on the automaker, according to a source familiar with the case.

It was a big deal when Tesla hired Hochholdinger. 19659003] He came from Audi where he was responsible for the production of the Audi A4, A5 and Q5, which resulted in him overseeing more than 400,000 cars built annually.

When Tesla employed him in 2016, Hochholding's experience in trust in Tesla Model 3 increased to high volume production, and the company issued a press release to publish the new lease.

On his LinkedIn profile, he describes his position at Tesla:

"Peter is Tesla's production director and responsible for the car factory and seat factory in Fremont, CA, the casting plant in Lathrop, CA and the Tilburg factory in the Netherlands."

Now we learn that Hochholdinger is no longer with Tesla.

A source family with the case tipped Electrek about executive no longer on the car manufacturer anymore and we confirmed with another source that Hochholdinger is no longer in Tesla's catalog.

We contacted Tesla about Hochholdinger, and the company's representatives did not respond to several requests for comment.

Hochholdings also did not respond to a request for comment.

Last year, we reported that Tesla employed Bert Bruggeman, an experienced manufacturing consultant from the semiconductor industry, as their new "Vice President of Production at the Fremont Plant", but it has not been clear what his role is over Hochholdinger since Tesla confirmed that he was still responsible for the production at that time.

Production head for production is critical to the production of the Tesla team as the automaker tries to massively increase its production capacity and find a way to fit model Y production at its crowded Fremont factory.

Electrek's Take

Again, Tesla hired Hochholdinger a big deal at that time.

He had more experience than most at Tesla when it came to large car production. Only Gilbert Passin, who led the production at Tesla since the acquisition in the Fremont factory, could have had more experience with car manufacturing at Tesla's management team.

Passin left Tesla for Wrightspeed last year.

While I often defend Tesla At their highly publicized executive departures, I think it's fair to say they had some significant talent emigration over the past year or so, and now with Passin and Hochholdinger, this is especially true of the production management.

Lately we have seen Tesla promote more from the company. Maybe we should see it for the production management.


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