Tesla Motors, the electric sports car company, has been forced to lay off around 100 people, according to reports in the US. The carmaker is in the process of rolling its Lotus-esque two-seater out across the world, and some believed it was the future for high performance motoring.
But website jalopnik.com is quoting a source, who says that around half the staff are leaving, including CEO Ze’ev Drori. The car was the new darling of the eco-aware celebrity car fan and we were expecting big things.
The Tesla, at $109,000, was undoubtedly expensive, but had received good reviews. The company had recently unveiled plans for a £143million factory in San Jose and there was even talk of an electric saloon.
The roadster has a 0-60mph time of 3.9 second and a 13,000rpm redline, all with an economy equivalent to 135mpg. There is no official confirmation about the lay-offs yet so we are hoping it could just be a rumour. We will keep you up to date…