FOLLOWUP: Tesla Motors says Eberhard’s lawsuit "will not have any effect on Tesla’s considerable momentum"
If you are sick of hearing about the lawsuit filed by Tesla Motors co-founder Martin Eberhard against the company and current CEO Elon Musk, we’re sorry. There’s a lot to know about the case (like what’s in the complaint), and we’re going to dig as deep as is reasonable as things move forward. For now, the company is dismissing Eberhard’s lawsuit as wrong and, basically, a mere nuisance. AutoblogGreen got the following from Tesla spokesperson Rachel Konrad:
This lawsuit is an unfair personal attack and, more importantly, paints an inaccurate picture of Tesla’s history. It’s a fictionalized account of Tesla’s early years. To that extent, why not let Tesla’s verifiable track record speak for itself? Since the new management team came on board last year, Tesla has achieved unprecedented success, right up to the delivery of the 500th vehicle earlier this month and the opening of a retail network spanning two continents. We spearheaded a strategic partnership with Germany’s Daimler AG, an unquestionable validation of Tesla’s business strategy and the strongest endorsement yet of the current management team’s many achievements. We spent the past year relentlessly driving down Roadster unit costs and increasing supply chain efficiencies – to such success that Tesla is now widely considered the leanest automaker worldwide. We launched the Model S sedan and have received more reservations than even our own bullish internal estimates. These are all astounding triumphs for such a young company – and it shows just how much Tesla has grown in the past year alone.
Finally, it goes without saying that this lawsuit will not have any effect on Tesla’s considerable momentum or business strategy going forward.
We”re not entirely sure what Tesla’s recent “unprecedented success” has to do with Eberhard’s accusations of libel and slander against Musk, but hopefully someone else will be able to connect the dots for us. In either case, stay tuned.
Gallery: BRABUS Tesla Roadster
FOLLOWUP: Tesla Motors says Eberhard’s lawsuit “will not have any effect on Tesla’s considerable momentum” originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Sat, 13 Jun 2009 08:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.