Elon Musk Claims Employee Sabotage at Tesla in Midnight Memo


Tesla has faced plenty of criticism about its ongoing troubles in ramping up Model 3 production. (TSLA) gears up to produce 5,000 Model 3 cars a week by the end of June, its founder and CEO, Elon Musk, is on a mission to prove the skeptics wrong.

"I was dismayed to learn this weekend about a Tesla employee who had conducted quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations", wrote Musk, who's under an huge amount of pressure to ramp up production of the Tesla Model 3 sedan.

Musk said in the email, which was seen by Reuters, that he learned about this alleged behavior over the weekend.

"We need to figure out if he was acting alone or with others at Tesla and if he was working with any outside organizations", Musk said.

Tesla recently confirmed that it would lay off about 9% of its employees amid a broader restructuring of the company.

In a Monday email, Musk invoked a late tech titan in urging workers to keep an eye out for any amusing business after a fire briefly halted vehicle output.

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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 corporate sabotage report comes as Tesla is cranking up production of its Model 3 vehicle, of which the company has set a goal of making 5,000 a week by the end of June.

This isn't the first time Musk has made a bold prediction about his company's stock-he predicted the "short burn of the century" last month before purchasing about 72,000 Tesla shares for himself-but it is the first time he's given a timeline. Smoldering in an air filter in the welding area of Tesla's body line was extinguished in a matter of seconds, she said.

Tesla is no stranger to concerns about sabotage.

Musk also asked staff members to inform the company of any suspicious activity. Tesla, in particular, is already in hot water for the problematic Model 3 productions.

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