The exact number of employees who will be dismissed has not been revealed. But in an October tweet, Musk said that Tesla had a staff number of 45,000. If it is still true today, it would mean 3,150 setups.
Earlier this week, the company interrupted the cheapest versions of its Model S sedans and Model X SUVs. And Musk said on Thursday that the electric car manufacturer would also ditch its customer referral program, which rewarded perks like six months of free charging because it "adds too much to the cars."
On Friday, Musk said that Tesla faces "an extremely difficult challenge" in making its electric cars and solar products a competitive alternative to traditional vehicles and energy-dependent fossil fuel products.
"From around May we have to deliver at least mid-range Model 3 variant in all markets, as we need to reach more customers who can afford our vehicles," says Musk.
"In addition, we must continue to do progress towards lower price variants of Model 3. "
The cheapest version of the Tesla Model 3 costs $ 44,000, and the company seeks to release a $ 35,000 version. Musk said in a CBS interview in December that the company was" not so far from being able to produce the $ 35,000 car "and adding that it would" probably be ready for about five or six months. "