Elon Musk says Tesla factory was sabotaged by disgruntled employee

Roman Schwartz
June 19, 2018

Workers who are actively involved in Model 3 production would not be affected, the company said. We need to figure out if he was acting alone or with others at Tesla and if he was working with any outside organizations.

These, in Musk's words, include "Wall Street short-sellers, who have already lost billions of dollars", "oil and gas companies", as well as "big gas/diesel auto company competitors". He claims that while these companies cheat about emissions, maybe they can cheat in other ways.

Tesla is now ramping up production on the new Model 3, aiming to hit a manufacturing rate of 5,000 per week, which Musk described as the time that "outside forces have the strongest motivation to stop [them]", telling employees to be "extremely vigilant".

Tesla said the auto fire was an "extraordinarily unusual occurrence".

Musk said the reorganisation did not affect hourly-paid assembly-line employees and was not expected to delay manufacturing targets.

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Tesla can ill afford manufacturing setbacks now.

The automaker is ramping up efforts to meet its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3s, the company's attempt to offer a more affordable vehicle that would allow it to break into the broader consumer market.

The email was obtained by CNBC and confirmed to be legitimate by several Tesla employees.

The leaked email, sent to Tesla's roughly 40,000 staff, said the matter was being was being investigated. Musk described the sabotage as "extensive and damaging".

"There were no injuries or significant equipment damage, and production is back online", it added, but Mr Musk said in the email that while the fire could have been a random event, "Please be on the alert for anything that's not in the best interests of our company". The cuts came just weeks ahead of a crucial Model 3 production milestone for the electric automaker, which the Tesla CEO said will not be affected by the mass dismissals. Then there are the oil & gas companies, the wealthiest industry in the world - they don't love the idea of Tesla advancing the progress of solar power & electric cars.

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