Ukrainian Tesla employees who get conscripted to fight in the war will receive pay for up to 3 months

According to an internal email, Tesla will pay Ukrainian employees for up to three months if they are conscripted to fight in the current conflict.

Tesla sent the internal email to employees in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, reports CNBC.

It is not clear if Tesla will extend the offer to employees in North America or elsewhere.

The email noted that Tesla will re-assess the Russia-Ukrainian war and its employees’ situations after three months.

This is yet another move by Tesla to help Ukrainians in the almost two-week-long invasion.

Last week the company made Superchargers free in neighbouring countries for any vehicle to help with the humanitarian evacuation, before expanding the offer earlier today.

SpaceX, for their side, activated Starlink services in the country and sent an undisclosed amount of terminals into the country for use by Ukrainians.

Tesla did not provide a comment nor did Tesla confirm if any of their employees are currently under conscription. As well, Tesla did not confirm if any employees are currently fighting.

You can check out the entire email that Tesla sent down below.


Date: March 7, 2022 [Time redacted]

Subject: Conflict Support

To: DL-EU-NO-All

From: Axel Tangen

Hi Team,

Sharing this message from Joe Ward and Mariam Khalifa: 

As you know, Tesla is committed to do the right thing. Whilst the situation in Ukraine is evolving, we wanted to share with you what actions are being taken to support those impacted by the conflict.

Many folks have reached to understand how they can contribute, which is awesome. It’s important we show them how we as a company are helping, what resources we have in place, and how they can also proactively support themselves. Big thanks to all of the teams that have contributed to these efforts so far – true Tesla spirit on display.

 *As a priority HR EMEA team members have been connecting with employees impacted as well as their managers to ensure we check in. We will continue to ensure we provide meaningful and targeted support for our employees.

For any Tesla employees who is a Ukrainian national and has been asked to return to Ukraine for active duty as a reservist, we will maintain their employment and salary for 3 months, with a view to assessing after this period as needed.

*Tesla has opened free Supercharging at stations bordering Ukraine to support those impacted by the recent invasion. Within hours of implementation, Tesla emailed local owners announcing that several Supercharger stations near Ukraine could be used by Tesla and non-Tesla electric vehicles, free of charge. Although Tesla does not officially operates within Ukraine, any of the country’s estimated 5,000 Tesla owners can access free Supercharging at select stations in Poland, Hungary Slovakia.

*Tesla teamed up with SpaceX to provide coverage expansion for its Starlink services to help provide an alternative internet infrastructure.

*Volunteers across the Giga Berlin and Germany Service team responded quickly on Sunday to test, configure, pack and ship several hundred Starlink units which have already been gratefully received by Ukraine’s Digital Transformation Minister. In true Tesla fashion, the solution has been put together in less than 3 days.

*On top of this the Energy team supplemented the Starlink roll out with a fleet Powerwalls. The system included PV inverters given by our Certified installer network, pre-made DC cables given by one of our Supercharger Installation Partners and AC cables made out out of scrap from Giga Berlin. All of it assembled by a team of (40+) volunteers from across the EMEA organization, committed to doing what they can to support.

*In addition, we have reinforced Tesla EMEA Employee Assistance Programme. The Programme offers counseling and numerous resources and support for employees. 

Lastly, employees can of course support by making cash donations to reputable relief organizations responding in Ukraine, this is not an exhaustive list and you can of course make donation to an organisation of your choice.

Red Cross
World Food Program
World Health Organization

If you have any further thoughts or ideas with regards how we can be supporting our employees and those impacted by the crisis, please do not hesitate to connect with us.

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