Tesla’s Musk accuses employee of ‘extensive and damaging sabotage’ to company’s operations

Prince Charles and Kimbal Musk alongside thecelectric car which he drove while hosting Mr Musk and his fiancee at Dumfries House in Scotland

The Prince of Wales is preparing to add an electric auto to the royal fleet after making friends with the brother of Elon Musk, founder of Tesla.

Musk said an employee had made code changes to the company's operating system and exported "large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data to unknown third parties", according to the email, which was obtained by Reuters. He said Tesla will continue its investigation this week to determine if the employee was acting alone or "if he was working with any outside organizations". However, the Tesla CEO also suggested the alleged saboteur could have been working with short sellers, oil and gas companies-whom he described as "sometimes not super nice"-or "the multitude of big gas/diesel auto company competitors". He named Wall Street short-sellers, oil and gas companies and other automakers. We reached out to Tesla regarding CNBC's story but the company declined to comment at this time.

Musk also asked staff members to inform the company of any suspicious activity. In a "strange incident that was hard to explain", Mr Musk wrote that a small fire on a manufacturing line had stopped production for several hours. The fire was put out quickly, and no employees were hurt. (TSLA) gears up to produce 5,000 Model 3 cars a week by the end of June, its founder and CEO, Elon Musk, is on a mission to prove the skeptics wrong. Tesla built about 2,000 vehicles in the final week of the first quarter. Tesla is still one of the most shorted stocks on the market, and many are skeptical that Musk can hit his weekly production rate goal of 5,000 Model 3 cars by the end of the month.

Short-sellers have been betting against the electric vehicle manufacturer for months, and many saw the company's recent announcement that it plans to lay off 9 percent its 46,000-person workforce as a sign that Tesla needed cash. The spokeswoman said smoldering in an air filter in the welding area of Tesla's body line was extinguished in a matter of seconds.

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