Can Tesla Survive Elon Musk?
Paris Marx is joined by Edward Niedermeyer to discuss how Elon Musk got involved in Tesla, promised things he couldn’t deliver to raise funds, and where it goes next now that he’s becoming a more controversial figure.
Edward Niedermeyer is the author of Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors and a co-host of The Autonocast. Follow Ed on Twitter at @Tweetermeyer.
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- California is suing Tesla over “rampant racism” at its Fremont factory, with another Black worker suing the company earlier this week.
- Tesla vehicles are continually found to have very poor build quality, and customers report the service experience can be frustrating too.
- Tesla allowed people to play games on vehicle touchscreens while driving in December 2021 before being pushed to remove the feature.
- Tesla tried to automate parts of the production process that other companies had already tried to automate — and it failed too.
- The number of people being killed by cars in the United States is increasing — particularly among pedestrians.
- US auto safety regulators haven’t kept up with changes in vehicle dangers.
- The New Yorker reported on the problems in the early years of Google’s self-driving project.
- Last year a customer in China protested at the Shanghai auto show over her Tesla’s brake failure, forcing regulators to take a closer look at the company.