Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Ailing Tesla Losing Its Charge As Musk Makes Claims Of Sabotage

Ailing Tesla Losing Its Charge As Musk Makes Claims Of Sabotage

The company sued a former oil-services executive in 2016 for impersonating Musk in an email to former Tesla CFO Jason Wheeler.

CNBC confirms that many employees from different divisions of Tesla have confirmed receiving such an email from the CEO.

In a company-wide email, sent just before midnight on Sunday and provided to The Post, Musk said an unnamed Tesla employee had sabotaged operations and ferreted away "large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data".

Musk's email comes as Tesla races to ramp up production of its critical Model 3 sedan to 5,000 cars a week.

Mr Musk did not name the employee and company spokeswoman Gina Antonini declined to comment on the email.

In an email to employees, Musk claimed the rogue worker's motivation was that they had been denied a promotion.

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I'm guessing that 7pm on a weekday night must be pretty good timing to show them but still, fantastic to see. He has a lot of lads here. "He is the manager, but he is a friend as well".

He wrote: "The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad".

Musk went on to say that there is more to the situation and an investigation is looking into whether the employee was acting alone, with others at Tesla or with outside organizations. Among the subjects in a potentially wider conspiracy, Musk lists Wall Street short sellers (who have bet on Tesla's demise on the stock market), oil and gas companies and the "multitude of big gas/diesel auto company competitors". "Please be on the alert for anything that's not in the best interests of our company".

Tesla has been going through a hard time lately, facing safety questions over its Autopilot system, layoffs, and production issues with its Model 3.

The Tesla CEO's messages to employees come days after some 3,000 Tesla employees were dismissed, representing almost a tenth of the entire workforce.

The billionaire tech entrepreneur has long advanced a viewpoint of Tesla-against-the-world, helping build his upstart vehicle company's reputation as a nail in the tire of Big Auto. A spate of accidents involving the autopilot feature have knocked confidence and a recent earnings report said Tesla has lost $710m in the first quarter of this year. That's 9 percent of the workforce and the biggest job cut in. In a tweet on Sunday, Musk warned that those betting against the company "have about three weeks before their short position explodes".

Tesla is no stranger to concerns of sabotage.

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