Tesla Cutting Jobs Overseas - Will we feel the shock here?Posted in News on March 9, 2015
If you haven’t heard, the premium electric car manufacturer Tesla is supposed to eliminate roughly 30-percent of its Chinese workforce. This is essentially due to the sales projections falling short of expectations. Of course, fewer jobs in China don’t mean much for those in looking for work in North America. But, it’s important to pay attention to what the global automotive market is doing.
I’m not sold that electric cars are the key to the future, but I am certain that we need more energy diversity in the automotive sector. If Tesla can find success globally, it will only drive other manufacturers to push technology further along. Most electric cars in the U.S. are absurdly priced or limp-wristed on the styling and performance fronts. There’s been speculation about a Jeep hybrid, which I think could be interesting if they can factor in gear reduction to the equation since off-roading can be hard on the miles-per-gallon quota.
With just a few weeks until Easter Jeep Safari, in Moab, Utah, there’s plenty of speculation about what future concepts and projects the seven-slot OEM’s will haul out. I have my doubts about an electric Wrangler, but a fuel-efficient diesel definitely seems like it is on the horizon. Only time will tell what the future of automobiles will be, but I’m hoping in five years (or sooner) we see more options under the hood than just gas or diesel.