Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors.
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Musk’s declaration follows the departure of Tesla’s former vice president of production, Peter Hochholdinger, who oversaw Model S and X manufacturing during his tenure there. Hochholdinger has joined Lucid Motors, a would-be Tesla competitor that plans to ship its first electric vehicle next year. Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson was previously the chief engineer of Tesla Model S.
In May, Tesla employees told CNBC the company was then planning a Model S refresh that would potentially include a 400-mile range battery — a goal that Musk later nodded to during a shareholders’ meeting, although he didn’t say it would be for the Model S — and could use Model 3 seats. They also said Tesla was rejiggering its…