- An ex-Tesla employee Martin Tripp tweeted photos on Wednesday night that he alleged came from inside the company.
- He told Business Insider he felt the photos were central to his legal battle with the company.
- They include images that he says show battery scrap, trailers containing battery waste, and documentation of punctured battery parts in Model 3 vehicles. Tesla denies that any punctured battery parts made it into vehicles.
- Tesla also told Business Insider that Tripp’s claims were false and that he “does not even have personal knowledge about the safety claims that he is making.”
Editors Note: Martin Tripp’s Twitter account has been taken down; the images he tweeted are no longer available.
“Are you ready,” Martin Tripp tweeted on Wednesday evening, before sending out dozens of photos that he alleges came from inside Tesla.
Tripp told Business Insider he thought the photos were central to his legal battle with the electric-car maker. A former process technician at the company’s Nevada Gigafactory, Tripp claims the photos support allegations he has made about the safety and quality of Tesla’s parts, specifically the batteries that power Tesla’s vehicles.
“I decided to send this info out because I have been humiliated by Tesla and Elon Musk,” Tripp told Business Insider.
Tesla sued Tripp in June, accusing him of hacking the company and transferring secret information to third parties.
Earlier this month, Tripp filed a countersuit. He denies Tesla’s claim that he’s a hacker and says the company intimidated and harassed him after he was fired.
“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,” Tesla said in a statement to Business Insider. “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.”
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Are any of these VIN’s YOUR car? If so, you have a module(s) that IS punctured/dented/damaged. #TSLA #TSLAQ @elonmusk
Here’s what this AR622 Containment looks like #TSLA #TSLAQ
Hmmm.. #TSLA commented several times that all their scrap/waste is being stored in climate controlled warehouses…could this be true?! Let these pics speak for themselves: HUNDREDS of trailers at the new parking lot at GF1…
What’s that? You want to see Module scrap? Here ya go! #TSLA #TSLAQ
Here’s what many of your M3 modules look like before and after, because they are generally reworked! Aren’t they beautiful?
These are cooling tubes that ‘should’ be straight…nah, we can use them all bent!
What’s that? A sea of SCRAP bandoliers? Oh wait, this was just in ONE hour! 400-750 scrapped every shift!