The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) received a statement from a former employee of the Tesla automotive concern, Martin Tripp, who lost his job on June 19.
The technologist claims that his former employer misleads his investors and uses dangerous batteries when assembling electric vehicles. This was reported by The Washington Post to the lawyer of ex-technologist Tesla.
Trip asserts that Tesla company forced employees to install batteries with rejects and failed parts when assembling electric vehicles. Also, the automaker for several months overestimated by 44% data on the number of produced cars Model 3.
In turn, the management of the brand Tesla denies all the allegations and in June filed a libel suit in the federal court of the State of Nevada. The firm accused the ex-technologist of creating a virus software to hack into the Tesla operating system and steal company confidential data. Representatives of the brand stressed that Tripp “merged” several gigabytes of valuable data to competitors.
Assistant Attorney General of New York State Stuart Meisner expressed in this regard the view that the auto concern could file a lawsuit against Tripp to discredit him and force him not to disclose secret operations
The American Martin Tripp has been working at the company as a technical specialist since October 2017. Management felt that this employee does not cope with his duties and in May 2018 transferred him to another position. Trip began to resent, which aggravated the conflict. As a result, on June 19, the specialist finally lost his job.
Currently, the investigation of the case continues. The carmaker aims to get compensation from the former employee.
Earlier, we reported that Tesla decided to increase the cost of Model S and Model X in the Chinese market by more than 20 thousand dollars. This is a retaliatory strike after the introduction of China’s duties on imports of goods from the United States, including electric vehicles.