"His stated motivation is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive". Last month, CTO JB Straubel noted in a statement to Fast Company that Tesla had installed 1 GWh worth of energy storage to date, an impressive figure that was reiterated by Elon Musk during the company's 2018 Annual Shareholder Meeting. The suit also indicated that Tesla had only begun to know the extent of Tripp's illegal activities leaving room to stipulate that more details would be revealed. By placing the hacking software on other computers, it would indicate that the computer users were responsible for exfiltrating data; wrongly indicating other Tesla employees.
Tripp, the Tesla lawyers said, had been "disruptive and combative" with colleagues and had grown disgruntled after being assigned to a new role. The purloined material includes "dozens of confidential photographs and a video of Tesla's manufacturing systems".
Over the past year, Tesla has stepped up efforts to sell solar and batteries for energy storage in its retail stores, something Musk said last year was "a much more efficient channel for demand generation". The company also said that Tripp made claims to the media about information he stole.
But Tripp, 40, said he did so because he was alarmed by what he learned while an employee, including what he claimed were hundreds of Model 3s that had punctured batteries.
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The Republican-controlled Assembly, they argued, "cracked" and "packed" Democratic voters in order to ensure Republican dominance. And Democrats flipped two State Senate seats this year - Wisconsin's 10th Senate District and Wisconsin's 1st Senate District.
However, as Musk pointed out, it would be challenging to schedule a Tesla owner's visit with their vehicle entering a particular stage of the production process where the experience-lacking auto owners can be allowed to work on the automobiles.
But those plans changed when Musk announced last week that he is cutting 9% of his workforce to help reduce costs and boost profits.
Tesla did not comment to Reuters directly about the closures. The automaker is also suing for breach of employee contract, which forbids the transfer of proprietary information to third parties, among other things.
Within hours, The Washington Post had an interview with Tripp, who said he did not tamper with internal systems and is instead a whistleblower who was compelled to act.
"I am being singled out for being a whistleblower". I didn't hack into (the) system. "It has so much to do with Elon Musk, he's such an interesting guy, and Tesla's really trying to revolutionize the auto industry by making it all electric".