A Tesla employee recently shared the importance of solving the climate crisis in a LinkedIn post. The post was also an invitation for those interested in applying to work at Tesla. The post from Shamus Brown, Tesla’s Senior Engineering Program Manager, found its way into my feed, and I think his message — which was aimed at anyone considering working for Tesla — was broadly important.
In his post, Brown started with a request to not only listen to his story but a request for anyone looking for clean energy jobs to consider Tesla. He said that Tesla’s energy products team is growing and to consider applying at Tesla to help the company in its mission of enabling a sustainable future. He also shared his story, which is as follows:
“My name is Shamus, I am a Senior Engineering Program Manager at Tesla and I genuinely wake up every day excited to come to work thanks to the people I work with and the impact of what we are able to achieve together.
“I first came through the doors at Tesla in January 2019 as an engineering intern from Newfoundland, Canada and could immediately see the impact the energy team at Tesla would have in tackling one of the most critical problems facing humanity today: climate change and the carbon crisis.
“After just 1 internship at Tesla with our energy products team, I knew instantly that this was going to be the team to revolutionize our electrical grid for a sustainable future. I am now approaching 2 years here as a full-time EPM working on Megapack (check it out https://lnkd.in/g5kujYTc) and am still as as ever on our mission and have the absolute pleasure of working with people that have a truly unique combination of passion for the mission and technical brilliance. Pairing these attributes creates the signature Tesla get-it-done atmosphere that you really have to experience to fully understand.
“I would encourage anyone who is passionate about creating meaningful, systemic change on the climate front in their lifetime to consider applying to join our team at Tesla.. You will work on meaningful problems with incredible people. There are few things more damaging to our planet (and recently our wallet…) as burning fossil fuels. Please check our open listings (https://lnkd.in/gPbpP5gQ) and come change the world!”
His message reinforces CEO Elon Musk’s own words about waking up and being excited about the future.
“I want to be clear that sometimes people are sad about the future or they think, well, ‘will we solve sustainable energy?’ and ‘maybe the climate issue is too late’ or something like that. I really want to assure everyone that you can have hope in the future.
“You should have hope in the future. This problem will be solved.”
During Tesla’s Q4 2021 earnings call, Elon Musk pointed out that the focus last year was more on the vehicle side than the energy business side, but reaffirmed the company’s commitment to its mission. He also said that Tesla sees that its energy business will grow long-term by terawatt-hours annually. He also pointed out that Tesla’s energy business will grow like kelp on steroids once Tesla has moved past the chip constraint.
“So it will grow like kelp on steroids, basically, on their own. It needs to. And our primary mission is to accelerate sustainable energy.
“That’s always been our primary mission, and we’re trying to stay true to that.”
Brown’s post not only reflects Tesla’s growth in its energy business, but also the passion for the future that Elon and many of the Tesla employees I met at the Cyber Rodeo shared about sustainability and a cleaner future for everyone.
Tesla also has a stellar reputation as “the brand” in energy, according to Canaccord Genuity in May 2021. It said that Tesla is becoming the it brand in both energy generation and storage and estimated that Tesla would reach $8 billion in revenue by 2025.
“We expect the energy management platform to have strong demand, particularly in California, where electricity supply has fallen below both gross peak and net peak needs as a result of the transition to renewable sources leaving a gap in energy demand that needs to be compensated with imports from other states.”
Canaccord batteries stated that Tesla’s use of LFP cathode in its Megapacks was significant as it ramps up grid-scale energy storage products in a way that doesn’t put pressure on the supply-constrained nickel-based battery production capacity that is used in the 2170s. You can read more about that here.
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