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Elon Musk 'back to sleeping at factory' to help Model 3 ramp

by Justin King

The executive has sparred with journalists over recent reporting on Model 3 production and the fatal Model X Autopilot accident.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has issued a barrage of Twitter posts criticizing reporting in The Information, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets, along with an 'unhappy' statement from the National Transportation Safety Board.

One of the reports claims Musk pushed aside engineering VP Doug Field, a former Apple executive, to personally manage Model 3 production.

"About a year ago, I asked Doug to manage both engineering & production. He agreed that Tesla needed eng & prod better aligned, so we don't design cars that are crazy hard to build," Musk explained. "Right now, tho, better to divide & conquer, so I'm back to sleeping at factory. Car biz is hell … "

Can't believe you're even writing about this. My job as CEO is to focus on what's most critical, which is currently Model 3 production. Doug, who I regard as one of the world's most talented engineering execs, is focused on vehicle engineering.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 2, 2018

Tesla had also been indirectly rebuked by the NTSB for releasing details of the recent fatal Model X accident. After reviewing data logs from the car, the company had admitted that Autopilot was engaged an explained other details of the scenario leading up to the crash.

"Lot of respect for NTSB, but NHTSA regulates cars, not NTSB, which is an advisory body," Musk wrote. "Tesla releases critical crash data affecting public safety immediately & always will. To do otherwise would be unsafe."

The executive also took issue with the WSJ and Bloomberg for focusing reporting on Tesla accidents and recalls rather than fairly reporting on such news from all car companies.

Tesla policy is to issue a recall *before* there are injuries. This is absolutely the right thing to do. Yet there were dozens of recalls by other car companies last month, incl w injuries & deaths, but you only wrote an article about Tesla. Why so?

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 2, 2018