Tesla Whistleblower Accuses Musk Of Overstating Model 3 Production Figures

It seems that widespread suspicions that Tesla CEO Elon Musk resorted to cutting corners in his pursuit of ramping up Model 3 production to meet his lofty production targets may be valid.

Martin Tripp - the former Tesla engineer who on June 20 was sued by Tesla for trying to "sabotage" the company - is alleging several egregious safety violations that, if true, could destroy what remains of Musk's tattered credibility.

In an email sent by Meissner Associates, a law firm which has represented whistleblowers to the SEC and which was retained by the whistleblower,  Tripp alleged that Tesla made misstatements to investors about placing batteries with holes punctured in them into vehicles to help pad out its Model 3 production numbers in pursuit of Musk's goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s a week.

He also alleged that Tesla placed battery cells too close together and didn't properly secure them, raising the risk of future combustion, and that the company "systematically" reused parts that had been deemed to be scrap or waste.

Tripp's claims remind us of some inconsistencies highlighted by Vertical Group's Gordon Johnson, who pointed out that some of the supposedly "finished" cars had been labeled "factory gated", meaning they still required additional testing and quality inspections.

So far Tesla shares appear unaffected by the report.

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Comments

Impoverished P… Wed, 07/11/2018 - 12:02 Permalink

Musk is too busy building impractical tunnel escape dildos that nobody wanted.

 

The car stuff can wait it seems. 

Or does Elon have so much bandwidth he can micro manage every aspect of his corporate decline?

glenlloyd powow Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:53 Permalink

I just don't see how anyone would want to own one of these with the limitations and risks associated with them.

You can't go all that far and there's always the risk that an accident would render you the same as fried chicken, crispy.

These risks are far less with other options for fuel, despite gas / diesel being a combustible.

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not dead yet glenlloyd Wed, 07/11/2018 - 16:24 Permalink

Read some of the comments under any Tesla You Tube video and you'll know why people want these rolling death trains. Elon's changing the world. Elon is saving the environment. Once I buy my Tesla I will never have any maintainance expense. Yeah I've had to have things fixed for thousands but it's the same for every other car that sells for 50 grand. This is a car that you will be able to hand down to your grandkids (meaning it will last forever) and other such delusional statements. Every justification you can think of for people to pay 50 grand they don't have for a car to make their pathetic lives seem worthwhile. One guy has his own Tesla channel and scrimped for a down payment on his three for which he will be paying $1000 a month, including insurance, for 6 years. Another guy has two Tesla's, an S and a 3, and gets "free" electricity from the solar he just put in. Notice he doesn't count the cost of his solar install in figuring his free fuel. His 3 is full of bugs but that's OK cuz they they know Elon is going to fix them.

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Redhotfill beemasters Wed, 07/11/2018 - 17:29 Permalink

They did it to Tucker, they did it to "Dutch" Darrin, they are doing it to Musk.  Build semi bespoke cars in a small shop no problem, start building thousands of cars, you end up needing to hire people off the street, the kind of people who might already be on the payroll elsewhere ...  Willing to bet some of Tesla's troubles are espionage.  That still doesn't mean he's not a snake oil sales man.  

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ultrasonic IDESofMARCH Wed, 07/11/2018 - 23:14 Permalink

That is hilariously stupid.  There are very few moving parts to an electric car.  It’s mostly wires, software, wheels, tires, chassis and a battery. All repairable.

 

Compare that to an ICE.  For example, my awesome old late model RX7.  Beautiful fast great handling car. I can’t even find a mechanic who has SEEN a rotary engine.  They are all dying off.

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Canadian Dirtlump Impoverished P… Wed, 07/11/2018 - 12:13 Permalink

I think we are seeing more and more the calling card of a sociopath / psychopath. Not surprising to us here, but to the wider population. Again, as with several other examples - simple honesty would have been smarter, yet the guy lies through his teeth. Hilary Clinton syndrome. A pathological need to lie even when it will work out badly for you.

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snblitz Canadian Dirtlump Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:01 Permalink

They certainly get erratic and lash out when they get challenged

Over the last 15 years and especially in the last 5 years I have noticed the generally population acting similarly.

The slightest challenge is met with a barrage of nasty words and uncontrolled anger.

Lately I have been thinking this might be due to over medication. 

Maybe wealth causes it too?

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WhackoWarner Canadian Dirtlump Wed, 07/11/2018 - 12:51 Permalink

Bipolar operates differently than a run of the mill sociopath or heavens? psycho.

Bipolar does impulse and then knows not how to "walk it back".

Bipolar with good intelligence will resist drugs that numb the mind.  Then the fly off the handle operates.

Bipolar is not the way to go with a billion dollar Ponzi.  Though the bipolar CEO may believe every single dodge and lie.

And bipolar head of company will lash out without control.  Bipolar is no fun and is not really reliable despite the "genius" of creativity.

Guy should be given a long rest away from other people's $.

Bipolar is prone to grandiose project dreaming...

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just the tip Wed, 07/11/2018 - 12:06 Permalink

elon's got a falcon heavy going up in august.  space capsule dragon on top.  when that thing goes up.  if it goes up, tesla's stock will go to the moon alice, to the moon.

RubberJohnny Wed, 07/11/2018 - 12:07 Permalink

Nothing new here. All great innovators have experienced the negative and disparaging onslaught from the unwashed illiterate rabble who lash out in jealous fury accompanied by a liberal dose of envy at those people who lead rather than grovel in the shit dropped by the herd.

Stay strong Elon and God Speed.

 

Rubberjohnny.

Bunga Bunga RubberJohnny Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:27 Permalink

LOL, this was a stupid publicity stunt. His "cave rocket" would have never fit through the narrow spots of the cave. Even if, it was way too heavy to carry in the non flooded parts of a narrow cave. Or the boys had to get in and out multiple times and then you need multiple of such submarines, not just one. His efforts were complete waste of money - as a shareholder I would be outraged about this. I seriously concerned with Musk's mental condition. He and his workforce should concentrate on his business, which is in serious trouble.

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snblitz RubberJohnny Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:08 Permalink

So, what's the problem? [selling high priced electric cars to the rich]

The problem is taking Elon at his word, math, and physics.

The stated goal of Tesla is to save the planet from emissions related to fossil fuel.

The Teslas driving around Silicon Valley burn twice as much fossil fuel per mile driven as do light duty diesels and the Telsas pollute more too.

https://www.finitespaces.com/2018/02/14/electric-cars-use-twice-as-much-oil-as-diesel-vehicles/

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