Tesla to close a dozen solar facilities in nine states

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 24, 2018

"He is nothing of the sort", the company wrote.

In its lawsuit, Tesla claims to have suffered "cruel and unjust hardship" thanks to Tripp, including "lost business, lost profits, and damage to its goodwill".

And since TechCrunch has been unable to reach Tripp, it's worth noting that this is one side - Tesla's side - of a developing and complex story.

Earlier this week we reported on an email that Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent to employees urging them to be vigilant against potential saboteurs. About 60 centers will stay open.

Tripp said Musk emailed him shortly after the lawsuit was filed to say he was a disgusting person. The company has declined to provide details as to the size of the workforce that will become redundant with the closures. Tripp can not be contacted for comment. "I'll stand by my previous comments". The suit also accuses him of giving false information to journalists, being "disruptive and combative" in the workplace and attempting to rope other co-workers into his scheme. "That number is wrong by more than a factor of two".

The row took a freakish twist late on Wednesday night when Tesla said it had received a credible threat - from a "friend of Mr Tripp" - that Mr Tripp was "coming to the Gigafactory to "shoot the place up".

Worse still, Tesla insisted, Tripp told company investigators "that he does not actually know the value of the scrap that he assigned dollar values to".

Musk: "There are literally injuries [sic] with Model 3".

The fire did not affect vehicle production, the representative said, and Tesla is investigating what caused the fire. He added he has documents to support his claims.

The company had received a call from a friend of the employee, Martin Tripp, saying he would be coming to Tesla's Gigafactory battery plant in Nevada to "shoot the place up", according to a Tesla spokesman.

"On all of these issues, Tripp is either not telling the truth or he simply has no idea what he is talking about", the statement concluded. On Wednesday, Tripp admitted in an interview with The Washington Post that he was that source.

Electrek's Frederic Lambert messaged Musk with the suggestion that instead of building just about any Tesla vehicle, owners would enjoy the experience more if they could build their own vehicle. He suggested, in response to a tweet from Ars Technica reporter Cyrus Favriar, that Mr Tripp may not be an isolated case.

Except Tripp - who used to worship Musk - is adamant that it's not what it looks like.

In an email to employees last week, Musk said that as Tesla has grown over recent years, there has been some resulting "duplication of roles and ... job functions that ... are hard to justify today".

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