Why does Tesla need all hands on deck?
Tesla’s leaked emails have been the subject of speculation because in many cases, they reach journalists outside of the company’s walls with good news that helps the automaker when it needs it most. Case in point, when Elon Musk emailed his employees telling them that the company was on the cusp of hitting a new delivery record just as Tesla’s stock price needed some good news. Musk’s email turned out to be right after Tesla set a delivery record for the second quarter of 2019 by sending 95,200 cars to customers. But did that mean the company took advantage of its line of communication with the outside world to announce the news early? Perhaps.
Or perhaps the latest email leak will reveal that. That’s because just ten days into Q3, another Tesla email has been leaked, claims Bloomberg.
This time, the email comes from Tesla Automotive’s president, Jerome Guillen, and was sent to employees to tell them the company is "making preparations” to increase vehicle production at its plant in Fremont, California where the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 are built and where the Model Y is slated to be made. The news hints at the fact that Tesla is expecting to meet and likely exceed the production numbers seen in Q2 during future quarters.
The point of the email was to tell employees that Tesla is hiring and it needs its workers to refer friends and family members in need of a job. "As we continue to ramp up production, please tell your friends and neighbors that we have lots of exciting new positions open, both in Fremont and at [Gigafactory, the company's battery plant in Nevada]," read the email, according to Bloomberg.
The fact that Tesla is hiring in Fremont and not just at the company’s Gigafactory in Nevada could mean a number of things. For one, it could signal that Tesla is getting ready to build the Model Y and needs to prepare itself for the new model, or it could indicate that demand for Tesla’s current models is strong and expected to keep growing. Tesla's best-case scenario, of course, would be a combination of both.
Another alternative we would have liked to hear is that Tesla is expanding production capacity in preparation of unveiling completely refreshed versions of the Model S and Model X, though Musk recently dispelled any rumors of an update on Twitter.