Tesla Whistleblower Tweets List of Model 3 Cars with Allegedly Flawed Batteries

The feud between Martin Tripp, a former Tesla technician, and the company that once hired him entered a new dimension on Wednesday after the man tweeted a great deal of what he calls proof that Elon Musk’s company is not doing business as advertised.
Alleged flawed Model 3 battery module before repair 1 photo
Photo: Martin Tripp via Twitter
Accused by Tesla of being a saboteur, Tripp’s Twitter revelations will do nothing to calm the situation. But, should these revelations prove to be true, they are quite serious.

Backed by a series of photos, screenshots, emails and tables, Tripp accuses Tesla of improperly storing “scrap/waste” and lying that it deposits these materials in “climate controlled warehouses.”

He also says the company is conducting hard-to-prove accounting fraud, while Musk is a thief that is “taking money and fooling everyone into believing that he is accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy.”

But probably the most serious allegation of them all, due to its potential of endangering human lives, is that Tesla has been installing flawed or damaged batteries in a number of Model 3 vehicles. To back his claim, he tweeted a list of VIN numbers of the affected vehicles.

As per CNBC, Tesla is denying the allegations. "As we've said before, these claims are false, and Mr. Tripp does not even have personal knowledge about the safety claims that he is making. No punctured cells have ever been used in any Model 3 vehicles in any way, and all VINs that have been identified have safe batteries. Notably, there have been zero battery safety issues in any Model 3."

For what it’s worth, the list of VIN numbers published by Tripp should make it easy to prove whether he’s lying or telling the truth. All Model 3 owners have to do is check if their car is on the list and have it’s battery checked.

Below are the tweets made by Tripp on Wednesday, showing the VIN lists.
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