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.
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
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.
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.
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
far Tesla shares appear unaffected by the report.