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It's been a tough week for Tesla.

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Bloomberg Businessweek reported Tesla factory workers were given Red Bull to stay awake to meet aggressive Model 3 production goals (and told to walk through a raw sewage spill to keep the line moving).

Also, because Tesla has delivered 200,000 cars to US buyers, customer tax credits are getting chopped in half from $7,500 per vehicle to $3,750.

(This means that customers who buy electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz or BMW will receive the full tax credit, making those rivals more attractive.)

Not to mention, Tesla already has to contend with a $50,000 electric BMW i3 that has been leased for as little as $54/month.

At such a trivial price point, that's pretty tough competition.

But the biggest blow for Tesla came from an ex-employee, now Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower, Martin Tripp.

Tripp was fired by Tesla last month after allegedly hacking into the company's computers, leaking false info to the media and stealing secrets (all of which Tripp denies).

Musk accused Tripp of "damaging sabotage" in an internal memo. He then engaged Tripp in an email spat that went public, telling him "you have what's coming to you" and calling him "a horrible human being."

On July 11, Tripp fired back by formally filing a tip with the SEC alleging Tesla lied to investors and used damaged batteries in its cars (which, come to think of it, do have a tendency to spontaneously combust.)

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