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Nico Morello, the fired Tesla employee, was sleeping in his car and showering at the factory to avoid a 90-minute commute.

Nico Morello, the fired Tesla employee, was sleeping in his car and showering at the factory to avoid a 90-minute commute.

Even the Tesla employee who was so dedicated to his job that he slept in his car and showered at the factory was not spared the electric car company's mass layoffs.

Nico Murillo, 29, was told he had been let go from his employer of five years without notice last month.

A production supervisor at Tesla's Fremont, California, factory received an email while on his way to work Monday morning stating that his position had been “eliminated through restructuring,” Murillo said in a statement. Post on LinkedIn.

In disbelief, Murillo continued driving to the factory, but when he arrived and tried to swipe his badge, it didn't work and the security guard took it from him. His work account has also been disabled.

“I got my badge, went to the turnstile, and then it didn't work, turned red and started beeping, and I was like, 'Is this real?' he KTVU said.

Nico Murillo, 29, was told he was fired from his job as a production supervisor at Tesla's Fremont, California, factory last month. KTVU News

Morello is one of about 14,000 employees Tesla has laid off since April — representing 10% of the company's global workforce.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk called the cuts a “difficult decision” in an April 15 memo to all employees, as the electric vehicle maker faces declining sales.

Morello started at Tesla in 2019 as a production assistant and worked his way up to lead production assistant and finally production supervisor.

Murillo lived out of his car in the factory parking lot during the week to avoid the hour-and-a-half commute to and from work each day. KTVU News
Morello would heat up his dinner in the factory break room, shower in his attendant, and sleep in his car in the parking lot. KTVU News

He noted that he “sacrificed a lot for the company.”

For a period last year, Murillo lived out of his car in the factory parking lot during the week to avoid the hour-and-a-half commute to and from work each day.

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He would microwave his dinner in the factory break room, shower in his facilities, and sleep in his car in the parking lot.

Despite the sacrifices and impersonal layoff, Murillo is grateful for his time at Tulsa, which earned him a severance package.

He drives a Tesla Model Y and proudly wears Tesla gear.

“I think Tesla really taught me how to overcome challenges very quickly,” he told KTVU.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk called the cuts a “difficult decision” in an April 15 memo to all employees, as the electric vehicle maker faces declining sales. KTVU News

Morello has already taken a new job as a manager of the GNC store in Pleasanton and plans to put his house on the market to live on the road for a while, he told the local Fox affiliate.

“My analogy — I'm playing soccer — it's like when things go wrong, the other team gets the ball, and after that, you just have to work with what you got,” Murillo said.