Tesla Hires Audi Production Exec To Oversee Ramp Of Model 3
Peter Hochholdinger, a previous Audi executive, was hired by Tesla as the company’s new Vice President of Vehicle Production this past weekend.
Two senior production managers, Vice President of Production, Greg Reichow, and Vice President of Manufacturing, Josh Ensign, recently left Tesla, so plans were made to fill the void. Hochholdinger’s expertise and experience should prove valuable to Tesla’s mounting production expectations.
Hochholdinger worked for Audi for 22 years. His most recent position was production head for the A4 and A5 models, along with the Q5 SUV.
Tesla recently made a statement on the hire:
Peter Hochholdinger is joining Tesla as VP of Vehicle Production. At Tesla, Peter will be responsible for continuing to increase and improve Model S and Model X production, as well as help build a scalable, cost-effective and quality manufacturing program specifically designed for Model 3.
Peter joins Tesla from Audi where he has spent the last 22 years working across the entire production chain. He is currently responsible for leading the production of Audi’s A4, A5 and Q5 vehicles, including 14 derivatives of those models, at Audi’s flagship production facility for volume and technology. In total, Peter is responsible for the production of about 400,000 vehicles annually at Audi while managing thousands of employees. Peter has also been serving as an advisor for bringing Audi’s new production facility online in Mexico, guiding the implementation of the production processes that are responsible for the standard of quality expected at Audi.
Tesla is excited to have Peter join the team.
At Tesla, Hochholdinger will be the main person responsible for Model S and Model X production. At the same time, he will be working to get the processes ready for the production of the Model 3.
His main responsibilities will be to increase production through implementing “tried and true”, cost-effective systems that his experience warrants.