Elon Musk: Tesla Is a Victim of Sabotage

Elon Musk said in his email that he learned about the alleged behaviour of the Tesla employee over the weekend

Elon Musk said in his email that he learned about the alleged behaviour of the Tesla employee over the weekend

Company spokeswoman Gina Antonini declined to comment on the email and Reuters could not independently confirm any of the claims in the email. However, it's not the affordable version of the Model 3 that this line is making.

"As you know, there are a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die", Musk said. While noting most cases of corporate espionage are committed by individuals for personal reasons, he listed potential perpetrators who were motivated to see Tesla fail including Wall Street short sellers, oil and gas companies, and competing auto companies ("If they're willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they're willing to cheat in other ways?"). "If they're willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they're willing to cheat in other ways?" he said.

In the first email, Musk writes that he was dismayed to learn about a Tesla employee who had attacked the company on multiple fronts.

Tesla's billionaire CEO Elon Musk has warned staff that there might be a saboteur in their ranks responsible for a factory fire, changing code and sending secrets outside the organisation. In a "strange incident that was hard to explain", Musk wrote that a small fire on a manufacturing line had stopped production for several hours. "Could just be a random event, but as Andy Grove said, 'Only the paranoid survive.'" Musk wrote.

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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 auto that would allow it to break into the broader consumer market.

CNBC confirms that many employees from different divisions of Tesla have confirmed receiving such an email from the CEO. Tesla told CNBC it "was extinguished in a matter of seconds" and "there were no injuries or significant equipment damage".

The AWD performance model is part of Musk's grand plan to push Model 3 production to 5,000 units per week. Musk described the sabotage as "extensive and damaging". 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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