would be very easy to prove or disprove if Tripp is lying: just
find one of the VINned cars, and check its batter module.
after posting the tweets, Tripp was slapped with a twelve-hour
suspension by Twitter and some tweets were deleted. In a direct
message (he can still use DMs) he told Gizmodo that he believes it
was because at least one photo contained “an email [address]
with Elon’s name.”
showed a screenshot of the notification Twitter sent him and it
does list the reason for his temporary suspension as violating its
policies against posting private information.
may not publish or post other people’s private information without
their express authorization and permission.”
is the image that contained Musk’s name beside an email address
with the address redacted:
Gizmodo notes, Tripp found himself as an example of how
quickly Twitter is capable of responding
to a violation of its policies if it wants to, while the social
networks CEO is doing publicity 24/7 to explain how hard it was to
suspend Alex Jones. Although, as the article asks, it would be
interesting to find out if Twitter is capable of evaluating
violations as quickly "when the personal information belongs
to someone who’s not a billionaire."
Tesla's PR department thought today's reported SEC subpoenas and
'formal' investigation transition by the regulator would be the
worst of its problems, they got a very unpleasant surprise when
Tesla whistleblower Martin Tripp started tweeting photos, internal
emails, and Vehicle Identification Numbers of Model 3s that
allegedly have damaged or punctured battery packs in them, and
which he says are evidence of flawed manufacturing practices at
Tesla's battery factory, and could put drivers' lives at risk.
month ago, we
reported that Martin Tripp - the former
Tesla engineer who on June
20 was sued by Tesla for allegedly trying
to "sabotage" the company - and who subsequently turned out to be
a whistleblower who was fired in retaliation for his attempts to
warn Tesla execs of severe quality control production problems,
was alleging several egregious safety violations that, if true,
would likely destroy what remains of Musk's tattered credibility,
which the SEC is currently subpoenaing.
part of his now public whistleblowing effort to bring attention to
glaring lapses in Tesla's safety and quality control process,
Tripp alleged that Tesla
made misstatements to investors about placing batteries with
puncture holes into vehicles which
proceeded to the end of the assembly line - a process known
internally at Tesla as “Containment AR622” -to help pad out its
Model 3 production numbers in pursuit of Musk's goal of producing
5,000 Model 3s a week.
made some other striking accusations, among which that Tesla:
to investors the number of Model 3 vehicles being produced each
week by as much as 44%. The whistelblower alleges that the famed
factory board which reflects a daily Model 3 production count
and often referred to by Tesla is inflated;
vehicle specifications impacting upon safety such as placing
battery cells too close to one another and which were not
properly affixed, risking future combustion; and
reused parts already deemed scrap/waste in vehicles without
regard to safety.
also accused Tesla of placing battery cells too close together and
not properly securing them, raising the risk of future combustion,
as well as "systematically" reusing parts that had been deemed to
be scrap or waste.
few days after Tripp's allegations emerged,we reported that in a
surprising public address on Twitter, Stuart Meissner, who was
retained as Tripp's counsel to defend against Tesla's lawsuit
against him and to countersue, tweeted in response to a Forbes
Tesla Be 'Tripp'ed' Up By A Whistleblower", that it was
"time for the @SEC_Enforcement to act. Not an accident @elonmusk
has been silent on the allegations. Let sunshine be the cleanser
with Musk doing most of Tripp's work for him, and now that the SEC is investigating
Tesla for an entirely different matter altogether, namely Musk's
seemingly fraudulent tweet that he had "secured
funding" to take Tesla
private, just after 5pm EDT, on his twitter account, Martin Tripp
tweeted "are you ready"...
and proceeded to release a list of VIN numbers that allegedly have
a battery "module(s) that IS punctured/dented/damaged."
do faulty Model 3 battery modules looks like before and after
being "reworked"? Here is the answer:
then released information on what Tesla's "Containment AR622"
process looks like, described as "Puncturing
of cell due to "training pin" being left in picker robot. Qty
1,173 battery modules affected- 723 Model 3's currently
was more. In the next series of tweets, Tripp tweeted pictures
that he claims prove Tesla is storing waste or scrap in open
parking lots and trucks at the Gigafactory, rather than
temperature-controlled warehouses. He also shared screen shots of
graphics that he says show a high volume of waste at the factory.
Tripp explicitly accused Tesla of lying that all the "scrap/waste
is being stored in climate controlled warehouses", saying "this
be true?! Let these pics speak for themselves:"
then lays out details of what appears to be module scrap data by
wasn't finished, and next revealed screengrabs of internal emails,
showing orders from above to strop tracking of parts... ...
as well as an email in which he complains directly to Musk about
the quality process at Gigafactory 1, as well as communication
with a supervisor who demands to see Tripp's complaints as he is
"the one getting fired":
also shows a photo from GF1 of cooling tubes that "should" be
straight, yet appear to have bends in them:
a detour, Tripp then said that "These
fucking idiots at Tesla $TSLA $TSLAQ @elonmusk were saying I was
upset I didn't get a promotion. Here's the truth: I was planning
on retiring in TWO years! I wanted young kids out of college to
take my job and just tear stators down all day!"
while Tripp's revelatory tweeting continued - much to Musk's
chagrin - even just the allegations so far presented are damning,
and if confirmed by third parties and regulators that Tesla
knowingly sold cars with defective battery modules and other
parts, would result in not only giant fines but potentially prison
time for those involved in the decision process.
this is all hitting just as the SEC has finally woken up and is
looking into what really takes place at Tesla.