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Published on May 18th, by Zachary Shahan. May 18th, by Zachary Shahan. If you were following Tesla in the early days of the Model S, and more so if you were an early Model S owner, you probably know a bit about Jerome Guillen.
He was absolutely loved by owners — if you frequented Tesla forums in the pre—Model X days, you might have even seen more love for Il Cielo Mi Vuol Ben - Unknown Artist - Giovannino Semedimela than for Love Holds The Key - Jerome MacMurray - Jerome Musk.
People loved him for how responsive, helpful, and friendly he was. More recently, Jerome has been leading the Semi program it was his idea and has been a key figure improving the Model 3 production process.
Being a superstar of Tesla Universe, we were of course keen to interview Jerome. After months of nagging Tesla, we got the opportunity in early March. While this corner was open, light, and an indistinguishable part of the broader office space, it also felt a bit insulated from the commotion. To start off our chat with Jerome, I talking a little bit about how much early Tesla owners were in love with him and appreciated his responsiveness, attention to detail, customer service, and talent finding solutions for them.
I then asked Jerome to summarize his history at Tesla and how his work has changed over time. A friendly dinosaur. He indicated that he was lucky Elon had asked him to take on a variety of roles during that time. As noted at the top, Jerome was initially Love Holds The Key - Jerome MacMurray - Jerome director for the Model S, and he still thinks the S is the best car on the planet. He also added there are still improvements implemented in the Model S every week. I think this is something that mostly just hits owners who drive a Tesla a couple of years Love Holds The Key - Jerome MacMurray - Jerome than theirs, since not many people go around exploring Teslas built years or even months apart.
This happened to us with the Model S and it was pretty shocking. Seeing how much gets improved in just a couple of years makes you realize that Tesla Dixie - The Grasshoppers - Sing Along With The Grasshoppers constantly improving its products a great deal.
Jerome also noted that there were a lot of improvements planned for this year. We now know that includes faster Supercharging thanks to on-route battery warmupfaster Supercharging from V3 Superchargersand new motors, new wheel bearings, new tires, and longer range — not to mention cool Autopilot improvements.
Talking more about the origins of the Model S, which clearly gets Jerome reminiscing fondly, I thought it was interesting he put a lot of focus on the S getting the best safety rating in history from the NHTSA before the Model 3 came along. Jerome noted that just 80 engineers worked on development of the Model S to achieve that historic achievement just on the vehicle side, not including powertrain engineers.
Jerome briefly noted, as well, that when they got to production it became clear the Model S was a very complicated car to produce. The Model S, of course, could never get to such tremendous production and sales levels as the Model 3, but it has dominated the large luxury car segment for years. After leading Model S development, Jerome took over sales and service globally. After numerous accomplishments at Tesla and what must have been hyperspeed work for years, Jerome was ready for a vacation.
In the second half offrom the perspective of Tesla fanboys and fangirls, Jerome mysteriously disappeared. No one The Wiggle - Sandy Nelson - Teen Beat what happened to him, but people asked and mused and not too infrequently complained that he was no longer there and communications had gone downhill as a result. I remember a Tesla Motors Club forum member then one day posting a picture of himself with Jerome at a Supercharger, and relaying to the other members that Jerome said he was on leave.
Of course, being members of a Tesla forum, they got to work speculating on all manner of possibilities — why he was on leave, whether he had actually quit or been fired and simply had some vacation days left on the books, when he might come back if he was on leave, whether the whole story was actually just a cover and he was secretly working on something super cool. Forums are fun. As we now know, Jerome did just take a long vacation, and then came back to do more amazing things at Tesla.
Talking to him in the Tesla Fremont factory in early March, he confirmed that he took a 6 month leave of absence starting in August of He was ready for a breather after years of fast-paced and surely challenging work at young Tesla.
News of the program slipped out on Twitter of course on July 1, I briefly brought up Ian Wright, one of the five cofounders of Tesla. Ian went on to launch an extended-range electric semi truck business, Wrightspeed. We interviewed Ian in and again in It seemed logical that the two would have talked at some point about electric semi trucks.
However, with different approaches to the problem and years after Ian left Tesla, I cautiously stepped into that one. Jerome also mentioned that he worked on the Model X, Model 3, and Gigafactory 1, where he has spent so much time that he ended up buying a house nearby. Kyle asked about the challenge of now developing or bringing to market several new vehicles — the Model Y, Pickup, Semi, new Roadster.
Jerome commented, as well, that the products are each Thax Douglas (2015) - Tim Kinsella - Firecracker In A Box Of Mirrors different except the 3 and Y, of course and that he wanted to start slowly with the Semi.
He highlighted that this would prove the reliability of the truck, which is huge for this market. Regarding the various model production lines, Jerome noted what we basically gathered ourselves on the factory tour — the company is constantly updating, changing, improving the production process.
He said he had something like 15 projects in his head — per line. Surprisingly, we also talked about how the little things are often the big things that make an experience so much better — the self-presenting door handles on our Model S, the self-opening doors on the Model X, the buttons inside the Model 3 to open the doors, and, of course, the acceleration, silence, and infotainment systems of any Tesla.
This is the first half of the summary of our interview with Jerome Guillen. Keep an eye on CleanTechnica for the second Love Holds The Key - Jerome MacMurray - Jerome soon-ish. Need a referral code to get 5, miles of free Supercharging? Follow CleanTechnica on Google News. Zachary Shahan is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor.
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