Tough Times At Tesla: Preorder Brouhaha Steals Gigafactory Thunder


Tesla Motors, the electric car company that could do no wrong, has been in a streak of bad luck lately. In June, the announcement of a lower cost Model S was drowned out by a scandal  involving weak suspensions and strong legal language that forbids customers to disclose details of repairs. That matter was pushed out of the headlines only when federal investigators started looking into a fatal accident involving a Tesla vehicle on Autopilot. News of worse-than-expected deliveries in the first quarter could not be kept out of the headlines, not even by announcing them on a Sunday afternoon on a 4th of July weekend. Last week, Tesla tried to produce some good news by inviting the press to a grand opening party of its Gigafactory, and things went awry again.

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