Tesla to expand service centers

By Nuno Cristovao

Elon Musk likes to keep Tesla lean, only keeping positions that are required or help generate revenue. He believes in automation and investing to make manufacturing easier, cheaper and faster.

Tesla is expanding its service centers

Tesla obviously knows how to create electric drivetrains and batteries. That’s been clear since the beginning with the original Roadster. Manufacturing cars in mass was something they needed to learn and had to compete with manufacturers who have been doing it for nearly a 100 years. It’s no secret Tesla struggled to produce their first mass market vehicle, the Model 3. Demand exceeded production and Tesla just could not produce these cars fast enough.

They now produce cars as well as manufacturers who have been doing it for multiple generations. Tesla has been doing it for less than 10 years. It’s amazing what they’ve accomplished in such a short period of time. It’s only a matter of time before they can manufacture vehicles faster, cheaper and better than other automakers due to Tesla’s continued investment in manufacturing and technology.

Tesla has been heavily focused on manufacturing, but now that Tesla has two mass market vehicles in the Model 3 and Model Y and producing nearly a million vehicles this year, service centers are starting to become overwhelmed. In some areas owners are seeing wait times of several weeks.

Elon Musk announced that Tesla is aware of the service issue and will be working to solve it. He says that Tesla will expedite service center openings. He also recommends using Tesla mobile service if it’s available to you. If you have the ability to use Tesla’s mobile service, it’s superb and absolutely an advantage Tesla has over the competition.

There’s a new service center opening in New Orleans, LA. Other than that one, Tesla has not yet said how many new service centers they plan on opening or where they will be located. However, Elon did respond to someone on Twitter who specifically mentioned service delays in the Northeast so it’s probable that we may see some new service centers located there. We should hopefully find out more soon about exact locations.

We expect the new service center locations to eventually show up on Tesla's website. You can check Tesla service centers located near you.

Sweet Move: Tesla Shifts from Creating EVs to Making Candy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla has filed four new trademarks recently, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office. These trademarks aren’t exactly what you’d expect from Tesla – they’re not for cars, not for batteries, and not for any cool new software features.

They’re for sweet, sweet, candy!

Candy Trademarks

Tesla has filed 4 distinct trademarks in its filings with the USPTO, for the following four names.

  • Supercharged Gummy

  • Cyberberry

  • Mango Bolt

  • Dog Mode Chill

The trademarks don’t come with any particular logos, art, or renderings, or it doesn’t reveal anything besides the names of the candy or candy-like items. Tesla filed these trademarks last month on June 25th.

While we’re not quite sure exactly what type of candies these will be, there is one thing we can knock off the bat – given how premium Tesla’s food products have been, these will likely include high-quality ingredients with a matching price point.

Elon Musk previously hinted that he wanted to start a candy company, and claimed he was super serious. Given his usual 2-week timeline, starting it 7-years later under Tesla seems fairly fitting. Jokes aside, we hope that the candies will launch sometime before the Tesla van, otherwise you can expect some more jokes on that front.

Tesla is well known for designing and selling non-vehicle merchandise. In the past, they’ve sold a glass decal that makes your window look like it was shattered with a metal bearing, Tesla Tequila, the Cybertruck whistle and many others.

Maybe we’ll hear more about Elon’s candy ambitions during Tesla’s upcoming earnings call, which will be taking place this coming Tuesday, July 23rd.

Tesla Looking to Hire 800 New Employees After Recent Layoffs, Large Focus on Energy

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Just three months after Elon Musk fired the entire Supercharger team, and laid off many employees at Tesla, the company is now looking to hire 800 new employees.

This comes after many members of the Supercharger team were hired back after their initial layoffs.

New Hirings

Tesla’s careers page now has more than 800 open positions today, and positions go from anywhere between engineers for artificial intelligence or batteries, ADAS testers in local communities, or service and desk employees for service centers.

Most of the new jobs focus on engineering positions, and many positions in Legal Affairs, Business Support, and vehicle software positions have not been posted or renewed. Those sections remain empty, at least in North America.

Tesla Energy Focus

Interestingly, quite a few of the new positions focus on Telsa Energy and its role in the company. There are several positions for supporting the deployments of Powerwall and Megapack, as well as doing further engineering work on these types of stationary battery systems.

Just recently, Tesla secured a $375 million Megapack contract in Australia – to build one of the biggest 4-hour battery banks in the world. This comes just days after the announcement of a $256 million Megapack contract to expand a different Australian facility.

We’re expecting Tesla to bank more towards its energy business – which has really just started getting off the ground with recent factory expansions and new business. Tesla Powerwall also recently hit some spectacular milestones – 100MW in California delivered to the grid, and 200,000 hours of backup power after Hurricane Beryl in Texas.

Powerwall and Megapack are going to be defining features of Tesla’s business – and we hope to see Tesla Solar – both Solar Panels and Tesla’s Solar Roof, also become more available to the mass market, just like Powerwall is today.

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