Tesla Workers Allegedly Walked Through Sewage To Meet Production Goals

Jeannie Matthews
July 16, 2018

The former Tesla employee who was sacked and then sued by the electric vehicle automaker has filed a formal whistleblower tip to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleging the company has misled investors and put its customers at risk.

And its announcement said nothing about how it will pay for the venture. Nissan is next closest to a lower credit, with 121,000 Leafs sold so far in the U.S. China retaliated by imposing an nearly identical tariff, meaning Chinese consumers who want to own a Tesla will have to spend an additional $30,000.

In March, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra called on Congress to expand the consumer tax credit for electric vehicles as the company boosted production of the Bolt in response to strong demand. But Tesla faces growing competition from Chinese and foreign brands that are developing dozens of electric models. After Tripp left the company, Tesla had filed a case against him claiming that he has stolen the confidential information about the company along with several other trade secrets and shared them with other parties; the company also claimed $1 Million, according to the documents filed in the court. The company's $5 billion Nevada battery factory was financed with help from a $1.6 billion investment by battery maker Panasonic Corp.

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A Tesla spokesperson said the company expects construction to begin "in the near future", with production beginning roughly two years later and another three more years before it reaches full production. However, Tesla simply could not produce Model 3s at an acceptable rate. Also, Tesla will vastly exceed Beijing's requirement that electrics make up at least 10 percent of every brand's sales next year.

Fierce and growing. Local brands including BYD Auto already sell tens of thousands of hybrid and pure-electric sedans and SUVs annually.

Last month, Musk sent an email to Tesla employees claiming that a disgruntled worker had broken into the company's computer systems and "conducted quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations". The National Labor Relations Board now is looking into allegations that Tesla previous year dismissed almost 1,000 workers at its Fremont plant because they advocated for a union.

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