Tesla released its 2021 Impact Report yesterday and shared details about the environment, supply chain and how it is leading the way out of the fossil fuel age. Last year alone, Tesla customers avoided 8.4 million metric tons of CO2e. This declaration in itself is an incredible step.
Here are some highlights from Tesla’s 2021 Impact Report.
Tesla provides thousands of jobs
Elon Musk recently tweeted that Tesla provides over 110,000 direct jobs and 500,000 indirect jobs, which I discussed in another post. However, Tesla’s impact report shares more details:
“Our number of employees has increased approximately 70 times over the past decade, and in just over ten years, Tesla has created nearly 100,000 direct jobs. While many companies in the automotive industry have reduced the number of employees and launched early retirement programs, we plan to expand our employee base in the years to come.
“As we aim to produce more than 20 times more cars by 2030 than in 2021, we will need to continue building new factories and hiring for these new locations. The Gigafactories in Texas and Berlin will be recruiting heavily from this year, which means that our job creation will continue to grow for some time.
Tesla received more than three million applicants worldwide last year and continues to expand access to hiring opportunities with a focus on underrepresented communities. Tesla does this by establishing community partnerships. According to the 2021 Universum ranking, Tesla and SpaceX are the best places for engineering students to work.
Tesla has several programs dedicated to hiring employees:
- Manufacturing Development Program.
- Learning tools and dies.
- Introduce a girl to Engineering Day and National Manufacturing Day.
- Tesla Internship Program.
Tesla has also invested $37.5 million in K-12 education in Nevada since 2018 as part of its deal to build Gigafactory Nevada and gain government support.
Tesla also listed its benefits, noting that it wants them to exceed industry standards. In addition to the usual medical, dental and vision services offered by many companies, Tesla offers employer-paid life insurance, short and long-term disability, counseling services, employee assistance programs , voluntary benefits programs, student loan and debt consolidation services, free shuttles, emergency childcare, and other tools and resources to support growing families.
One of the key employee benefits Tesla offers is SafetyNet, which provides limited financial assistance to employees who may become homeless, deal with an emergency or natural disaster, and even help with expenses related to sudden loss. of a family member.
Tesla’s progress on its diversity roadmap
Last year, when Tesla released its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Impact Report, Tesla laid out a roadmap to better represent underrepresented communities. Tesla shared that he has a lot of work to do to represent the evolution of the American population and is committed to implementing the plans he has laid out to make it happen.
Tesla is now a majority-minority company, with 62% of its workforce made up of underrepresented groups. The table below further breaks down the numbers.
The company said:
“We are proud to be a majority-minority company with a broad representation of employees from communities that have long struggled to overcome historic barriers to equal opportunity in the United States As of December 31, 2020, 34% of our directors and vice presidents were non-white. This is a significant percentage, given that only 0.3% of our employees are in leadership positions and above at Tesla.
“We are working to increase minority representation in the professional and management categories through our intentional recruiting efforts with historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions, activations at the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Engineers, AfroTech, as well as community partnerships with organizations like College Track and Black Girls Code. We also strive to ensure that the diversity of our entry-level positions is reflected, over time and through internal movement, in our leadership roles.
In addition to focusing on diversifying its workforce, Tesla is also focused on hiring American veterans and providing a safe and fair workplace for anyone LGBTQ+. The latter is reflected in Tesla’s seventh consecutive 100% Corporate Equality Index with the Human Rights Campaign.
Tesla generates more energy than it consumes
Tesla announced that its solar panels generated more electricity than was consumed by its vehicles and factories between 2012 and 2021. Tesla’s cumulative net energy impact between 2012 and 2021 in terawatt hours is shown in the graph below -below.
Tesla uses less water per vehicle compared to most vehicle manufacturers ICE
Tesla uses less water per vehicle than nearly all gas-powered car makers and plans to beat that while factoring in in-house cell manufacturing. In its impact report, Tesla addressed the misconception that producing electric vehicles requires more water than producing a gasoline-powered vehicle.
“There is a misconception that producing an electric vehicle requires more water than producing an ICE vehicle. Our data shows that this is not the case. Slightly differently (based on its degree of vertical integration), according to the latest publicly available figures, Tesla took less water from dedicated vehicle manufacturing facilities per vehicle produced than the majority of established automakers.
“In addition, the efficient manufacturing design we are implementing at our new plants in Texas and Berlin-Brandenburg will lead to further reductions in our water consumption per vehicle. Our goal is to have low water consumption per vehicle, the best in the industry, even taking into account the manufacture of the cells. The table below includes our latest estimates of water consumption per vehicle at these facilities. »
Tesla added that the impact of power generation on water usage is less appreciated.
“Electricity generation is a leading cause of water withdrawal in the United States, as water for thermoelectric power is used to generate electricity with steam turbine generators and to cool power generation equipment. This means that each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of clean solar energy produced not only reduces GHG emissions, but also reduces water consumption.
The graph below shows a comparison between Tesla’s factories and an estimate of Giga Texas and Berlin with several automakers and the industry average. Tesla and BMW use the least water per vehicle manufactured compared to the industry average. Tesla noted that these estimates are based on factory design.
You can read Tesla’s impact report here.
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