Tesla Charging Team Shakeup: Connolly Returns Amid Uncertainty

's charging team has experienced a rollercoaster ride in recent weeks, with the abrupt dismissal of the entire team on April 30th, 2024, followed by the surprising return of key team member T.J. Connolly. The news, first shared by prominent Tesla follower Sawyer Merritt on X (formerly Twitter), has left many wondering about the future of Tesla's charging infrastructure.

Connolly's Commitment to the Mission

T.J. Connolly, Tesla's Charging Program Manager & Business Development Lead for North America, accepted the invitation to return to the team just two weeks after the mass layoff. In a heartfelt LinkedIn post, Connolly reflected on his initial motivation for joining Tesla in 2018 – to the world a better place for future generations and be part of a mission that inspires others.

Connolly expressed gratitude for the support he received from partners in commercial & multifamily real estate, EV charging installation, and distribution during the uncertain period. He reaffirmed his commitment to the mission, stating, “I return for my valued partners. I return to finish what I started with my amazing teammates. I return to continue to make the world a better place for my (now 3) children.”

Tesla's Leadership in the EV Charging Industry

Despite the recent upheaval, Connolly remains confident in Tesla's ability to lead and inspire within the EV charging industry. He assured partners and supporters that “Tesla will continue to lead and inspire, while providing the best customer experience, with our best in class products and support.”

Connolly will work alongside Max de Zegher, George Bahadue, and other team members to shape the future of Tesla's Wall Connector and Supercharger programs while fostering long-lasting relationships with industry leaders in real estate and charging.

EVXL's Take

The recent events surrounding Tesla's charging team serve as a reminder of the challenges and uncertainties faced by the EV industry as it continues to evolve and grow. However, the return of T.J. Connolly and his unwavering commitment to Tesla's mission is a positive sign for the company and the industry as a whole.

As Tesla continues to innovate and expand its charging infrastructure, it will play a crucial role in accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles and creating a more sustainable future. The dedication of individuals like Connolly, who are driven by a desire to make a positive impact on the world, will be essential in overcoming obstacles and driving progress forward.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of EVXL.co, where he covers all electric vehicle-related news, covering brands such as Tesla, Ford, GM, BMW, Nissan and others. He fulfills a similar role at the drone news site DroneXL.co. Haye can be reached at haye @ evxl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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