Tesla / Panasonic 2170 battery cell production
Kurt Kelty, the battery technology director at Tesla since 2006, has left the company after more than a decade - perhaps not interested in participating in the "production hell" that will be the ramp-up of Model 3.
Prior to Tesla, Kelty was at Panasonic for more than 14 years, and also become the lead negotiator with Panasonic on the Gigafactory itself.
Here is the only official note about the departure (via Bloomber):
"“We can confirm that Kurt Kelty has left the company to explore new opportunities and we want to thank him for everything he’s done for Tesla,” the company said in an emailed statement Tuesday, noting that his responsibilities will be “distributed among Tesla’s existing teams.”"
Hopefully there is no other serious reasons behind the departure, although we are quite sure the rest of "Tesla's existing teams" are non-to0-thrilled with Kelty leaving.
Here is presentation made by Tesla Director of Battery Technology, Kurt Kelty at the International Battery Seminar in Florida two months ago.