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Tesla Job Cuts Include Workers Who Joined the Company Weeks Earlier

Elon Musk’s abrupt dismissals suggest a strong run of execution has come to an end.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks via video link during the Qatar Economic Forum on June 21.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks via video link during the Qatar Economic Forum on June 21.

Photographer: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg
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Tesla has outperformed established automakers the last several years, expanding production and deliveries at a blistering pace as much of the rest of the industry struggled with lockdowns and supply shortages. The mass firing now being carried out at the behest of Elon Musk suggests this strong run of execution has come to an end, and could complicate efforts to get back on track.