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Someone’s been too busy playing with flamethrowers

Tesla's troubles with media reports on working conditions and union organizing took a hard right turn on Monday. In response to Reveal's report on Tesla's workplace safety, the auto manufacturer accused the Pulitzer-finalist of being "an extremist organization working directly with union supporters to create a calculated disinformation campaign against Tesla."

Podcast

We also discuss Hyundai Accent and possible NAIAS date change

On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Green Editor John Beltz Snyder and Associate Editor Joel Stocksdale. We talk about driving the 2018 Ford Ecosport and Hyundai Accent. Joel tells us why he loves the naturally aspirated engine in our long-term Honda Ridgeline. We discuss Tesla's profitability claims, Johan de Nysschen leaving Cadillac and a possible date change for the Detroit Auto Show. As usual, we'll also spend a listener's money on a car.

Followup

Aiming for 6,000 cars a week when 5,000 is the target

Tesla will attempt to ramp up production to 6,000 Model 3 cars per week by the end of June to reach its weekly goal of 5,000 and allow for a margin of error, Electrek reported, citing a letter to employees from Chief Executive Elon Musk.

Opinion

Sleeping among the machines, he has underestimated humans

Elon Musk is not using one of those tarps that cover coils of aluminum delivered to the Tesla stamping facility as his blanket. Nor is he resting his head on a pillow made from absorbent mats used to deal with factory spills. At least it is unlikely.

Official

Pause to improve automation days after Elon Musk's robot admission

esla has temporarily suspended its Model 3 assembly line in what the company said on Monday was a planned production pause, as the automaker continues to face challenges ramping up its new sedan.

Report

Tweet was in response to report that company needs to raise money

Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk said on Friday his Tesla Inc company will not need to raise any money this year because the electric car maker will have positive cash flow and be profitable in the third and fourth quarter.

First Drive

The everyman’s voltaic slingshot is also a rolling critique of Musk's vision

When the Tesla Model 3 appeared in production form last summer, the hype was already at a fever pitch after months — years, even — of anticipation. With hundreds of thousands of reservations already on the books, it appeared this could be the car that transforms Tesla from a startup to a true competitor. Then, crickets, for most customers anyway. Production delays have left customers frustrated and analysts speculative about the company's future. With that in mind, we found an owner

It's not quite mature; Musk is calling it a "mature beta"

Today, Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla's new navigation system should be rolling out this weekend. He cautioned that it won't be fully finished, calling it a "mature beta" but promised that it would "improve rapidly." Rather than making small improvements to the existing system, the company has chosen to fully overhaul the maps system, called "Tesla Maps".

Official

Congress asks Zuckerberg to explain Cambridge data scandal

Tesla's and SpaceX's verified Facebook pages disappeared on Friday, minutes after billionaire founder Elon Musk promised on Twitter to take down the page when challenged by a user. "Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you're the man?" a user tweeted to Musk. His response: "I didn't realize there was one. Will do." Each Facebook page had more than 2.6 million followers. Musk had begun the exchange by responding to a tweet from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton of the #deletefacebook tag. "What's

Official

‘Support, but skepticism’ among investors for unprecedented scheme

Shareholders of electric car company Tesla approved a compensation package potentially worth $2.6 billion for Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Wednesday, though by a lower margin than U.S. CEOs typically receive on pay votes.

Report

An update on Model 3 production progress is expected next month

Two of Tesla's most senior financial executives have left the company in successive weeks as the electric car maker approaches the end of its first quarter and prepares to update investors and industry analysts on its progress ramping up production of the closely watched Model 3 sedan.

Report

The "old school drive-in" would be located in Santa Monica

Musk says there would be an outdoor screen playing a highlight reel of scenes from classic movies and that the menu could integrate with the touchscreen in Tesla vehicles for easy ordering.

Followup

Twitter tirade about China trade policy didn't seem to hurt negotiations

Twitter tirade about China trade policy didn't seem to hurt matters.

Video

Naturally, there's no shortage of David Bowie for the soundtrack.

Green

It's a vision of mass transit for the future

Musk said that Boring Company's loop network would have "1000's of small stations the size of a single parking space."

Report

Hyperloop competitors are also eyeing Chicago-Cleveland, India routes

Hyperloop competitors are also eyeing Chicago-Cleveland, India routes

Report

The occupants walked away from a serious crash, but some improvements are promised.

Official

Launch of the first experimental satellites is scheduled for Saturday

Launch of the first experimental satellites is scheduled for Saturday

Official

With the onboard video batteries dead, this is our last long look

With the onboard video batteries long since dead, Starman "is getting dimmer and harder to see."

Report

An automation system must be shipped next month to help Tesla meet its oft-delayed Model 3 production goals.

An automation system must be shipped next month to help Tesla meet its oft-delayed Model 3 production goals.