The executive has sparred with journalists over recent reporting on Model 3 production and the fatal Model X Autopilot accident. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has issued a barrage of Twitter posts criticizing reporting in The Information, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets, along with an 'unhappy' statement from the National Transportation Safety Board.One of the reports claims Musk pushed aside engineering VP Doug Field, a former Apple executive, to personally manage Model 3 production."About a year ago, I asked Doug to manage both engineering & production. He agreed that Tesla needed eng & prod better aligned, so we don't design cars that are crazy hard to build," Musk explained. "Right now, tho, better to divide & conquer, so I'm back to sleeping at factory. Car biz is hell ... " Tesla had also been indirectly rebuked by the NTSB for releasing details of the recent fatal Model X accident. After reviewing data logs from the car, the company had admitted that Autopilot … [Read more...] about Elon Musk ‘back to sleeping at factory’ to help Model 3 ramp
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Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: It’s All You, Elon In July of last year, Elon Musk said that Tesla hoped to produce 20,000 Model 3s per month by the year’s end. That number was then slashed to an estimated 2,500 cars per week, and yesterday’s company-wide email stated that the company has just passed a rate of 2,000 Model 3s a week. And it seems that Musk has decided that it’s time to personally step in. The CEO has decided to “take direct control of the producing the vehicles,” according to The Information, which spoke to two unnamed sources. From the story: The move came after Tesla failed to hit its goal of making about 500 Model 3 sedans per day, or 2,500 per week, by the end of March. Mr. Musk appears to have pushed aside the company’s senior vice president of engineering, Doug Field, … [Read more...] about Elon Musk Takes Personal Charge Of Model 3 Production
Tweet TweetBreaking news: Elon Musk wants to build a plane. An electric one! Are you surprised? Me either…after all, if he builds the fastest electric cars on earth, what’s the next logical step? I don’t want to be negativist, but what about the range? How large should be the batteries to provide a decent range without adding too much weight to the plane? Well, he says that, in the future, it will be possible that lithium-ion batteries to provide enough capacity to power a plane. Elon Musk is not only implicated in Tesla project, but he also founded back in 2002 Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), with the purpose of enabling Mars’ colonization. The company had developed and built two launch reusable vehicles and a spacecraft, called Dragon, which attached to the International Space Station, supplying it with cargo. He is also the chairman and co-founder of SolarCity, a company that designs, finances and installs solar power systems. In the … [Read more...] about Is Elon Musk Thinking About Building An Electric Airplane?
Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know. 1st Gear: Elon Stays Elon Things are not looking good for Tesla right now. So, of course, its CEO, Elon Musk, has jokes. Tesla just had its worst month in seven years, according to Bloomberg. From Bloomberg: Tesla’s stock fell by 22 percent in March, the steepest monthly drop since December 2010, the year the company went public. Moody’s Investors Service last week to cut Tesla’s credit rating further into junk status and said the company may soon have to raise more than $2 billion, sending its bonds to all-time lows. And that’s on top of a Tesla owner being killed in an incident involving the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system in which the car’s front end was completely ripped off, before catching fire. Elon had more jokes though on April Fools’ Day, which is … [Read more...] about Elon Musk Has Jokes Amid Tesla’s Worst Month In Years
Unless you’re a caveman communicating with drawings in a cave, you’ve heard about the new Telsa Roadster by now. I don’t need to fill you in the news but I will say at first glance it’s really impressive, and it looks fantastic. 0-60 in 1.9 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 8.8 seconds! With specs like that, it will smoke any other production car on the planet. In a straight line that is. You see, the one thing conveniently missing from the spec sheet is the weight. And as we car guys & gals all know, that’s a pretty important performance factor once the road starts to bend. Normally I wouldn’t have a bone to pick but in this case, I do. Originally, I wasn’t a big fan of Tesla, however, over the last couple of years, I’ve started to warm up to them. And this Roadster certainly doesn’t hurt that. But Elon Musk, as genius as he is, is making an extremely bold claim in his quest to “smackdown gas cars.” The claim is front … [Read more...] about Dear Elon Musk: Please Post the Nurburgring Time for the Roadster