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The Automotive X Prize lost another vehicle this week with the announcement that Tesla Motors will no longer be entering the Model S in the competition division. Instead, the California-based automaker will show off a vehicle in the demonstration division – and Wired says it might not be a Model S but something entirely new. Color us intrigued.

The reason for the shift in priorities in the AXP, Tesla spokesman Ricardo Reyes told Stuff, is that the company wants to focus on building and selling the Model S by 2011. In other Tesla news, the company has hired senior Google staffing strategist Arnnon Geshuri to help Tesla recruit engineers and other key employees. As for the manufacturing plant where Tesla will build the Model S, there's still no official confirmation that Downey, California will be the final location for the plant – despite what the mayor there says. In fact, Long Beach is considering offering $28.6 million in financial incentives to build the plant there.


[Source: Press Telegram, Stuff via Wired]

PRESS RELEASE:

Tesla Motors Hires Senior Google Recruiter as World's Leading Electric Vehicle Manufacturer Expands Staff


Vice President of Human Resources Arnnon Geshuri will build the staffing infrastructure to fill thousands of openings expected in coming years.

SAN CARLOS , Calif. --(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tesla Motors has hired senior Google staffing strategist Arnnon Geshuri to lead the automaker's rapid recruitment of engineers and other key employees.

Tesla employs about 500 people and is aggressively hiring electrical and mechanical engineers, software developers, industrial designers and other technology professionals from around the world. Based in California 's Silicon Valley , Tesla is a dynamic, fast-paced startup where top experts in their fields work together on small, entrepreneurial teams to build uncompromising electric vehicles.

As vice president of human resources, Geshuri will architect Tesla's recruitment infrastructure and identify candidates for a growing number of job openings. Previously, Geshuri was director of staffing operations for Google, where he designed the company's legendarily rigorous recruitment methodology.

Geshuri joined Google as chief staffing architect in 2004, when the privately held startup employed 2,500 people. While he oversaw all aspects of recruitment, Google evolved into a technology powerhouse with 20,000 employees – a workplace considered the premier destination for ambitious software engineers.

"Arnnon's work enabled Google to hire an unprecedented number of outstanding workers in a remarkably short time," said Tesla CEO Elon Musk . "I'm confident that, just as he did for Google, Arnnon will help Tesla hire the best engineers and make our fast-growing staff even more productive."

Before Google, Geshuri was vice president of human resources and director of global staffing for E*TRADE Financial, where he helped recruit more than 2,000 people in 18 months and oversaw immigration and relocation programs. He also founded a startup and worked at Applied Materials, where he managed all staffing operations and advised the president as it increased from 11,000 to 18,000 employees.

In the early 1990s, Geshuri was an organizational effectiveness consultant for New United Motors Manufacturing (NUMMI), the Fremont, Calif.-based joint venture of Toyota and General Motors. Geshuri, who has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California at Irvine and a master's in industrial/organizational psychology from San Jose State University , launched focus groups to improve efficiency and morale among NUMMI assembly-line workers and supervisors.

"Many startups are limited only by their ability to recruit and retain top talent," Geshuri said, "so it's a tremendous honor to ramp up staffing as Tesla launches into a critical phase of rapid growth."

About Tesla Motors

Tesla Motors is the only automaker producing and selling highway-capable electric vehicles. Employees work in Tesla's Silicon Valley headquarters and at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne , Calif. Tesla, which is expanding its retail footprint, already operates showrooms and galleries in California 's Silicon Valley and Los Angeles , Colorado , New York , Seattle , London , Munich and Monaco .

Tesla engineers recently launched the 2010 Roadster – faster than an Audi R8 yet six times more efficient than conventional sports cars. Tesla engineers are also developing electric powertrain components for sale to other automakers, and they are deep into the development of the Model S, an all-electric family sedan that will be mass-produced in Southern California . In June, the Department of Energy approved Tesla for $465 million in low-interest loans to bring the Model S to market
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