Elon Musk warns Tesla staff about a possible saboteur in their ranks

Elon Musk warns Tesla staff about a possible saboteur in their ranks

Elon Musk warns Tesla staff about a possible saboteur in their ranks

As CNBC reports, Musk sent out an email to all employees explaining that one employee had been discovered performing sabotage on Tesla's operations.

In the Monday email, Musk said the saboteur had admitted to altering software in the company's manufacturing operating system, which could have slowed down or complicated production.

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

This alleged act of sabotage follows the news that Tesla is to let go approximately nine per cent of its workforce, after Musk said it needs to "reduce costs and become profitable". Musk said the investigation will continue in an attempt to find out if he was acting alone, or with other people.

The email, contained in a tweet by Tesla New York, and covered by CNBC, was pulled down within minutes. It "could just be a random event", Musk said, but then quoted the title of the late former Intel Corp.

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CEO Elon Musk reportedly delivered the statement to Tesla employees via email after previously notifying the employees that production was shut down for a short time due to a possibly unrelated small factory fire. "If they're willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they're willing to cheat in other ways?" he wrote. In the lawsuit, Tesla said the email was part of an oil-industry effort to undermine the company's push for energy-efficient transportation.

The Model 3 ramp-up is now priority number-one for Tesla, as thousands of pre-ordered cars have yet to be delivered and investors are increasingly anxious that Tesla may not be able to stay on course and that it may fall short of production targets again. "Please be on the alert for anything that's not in the best interests of our company".

Tesla has made around 30,000 Model 3 vehicles in 2018, according to internal documents viewed by Business Insider and confirmed by two Tesla employees.

Tesla responded by saying the Model 3 fire was an "extraordinarily unusual occurrence" and is reported to be investigating. More than 80 workers will be laid off at Tesla's Palo Alto headquarters, the notices say.

Last week, Mr Musk said 9% of Tesla's workforce would be cut as part of a restructuring of the carmaker, which has not made an annual profit since it was created almost 15 years ago.

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