Tesla Motors has recently come out and announced its intention to terminate a reported 30 percent of its employees in China, or 180 out of a total 600 personnel, as the automaker struggles to recuperate from slow sales in the all-important market.
Bloomberg shared the news, citing Chinese business paper Economic Observer as their source for the figures expressed above. They also reached out to local Tesla Motors spokesman Gary Tao who, while unable to verify the numbers, did confirm the news, saying that “the purpose is to better respond to the Chinese market. The team remains stable and strong.”
Tesla Motors’ job cuts in China started toward the beginning of this year, with the Sales department taking the worst of the blow; half of its employees will be cut by the time Tesla’s China restructuring is through. Sales of the Model S in China have remained far slower than projected even into this year, reportedly due largely to customer concern regarding charging electric vehicles.
At the same time that Tesla Motors sheds such a large portion of its workforce in China, the electric carmaker has partnered with China Unicom and Soho China Ltd. to expand charging station availability, reports Bloomberg.