Last fall Martin Eberhard got pushed out of Tesla Motors, and he's since launched a new blog
The first two postings are detailing a drastic change in the culture @ Tesla Motors, and indicate a deep turmoil in the company.
He offers this interesting question:
Is this really the right time for Tesla to be tightening its belt this drastically? Really? Right now, when clean tech investment is THE hot investment field and when Tesla Motors is the poster child of clean tech companies, Tesla should be able to raise as much money as it needs to finish the Roadster and launch Whitestar, even with its current technical difficulties. After all, Tesla has proved its fundamental concept: An EV can be a car that rocks, while also being the greenest machine on the road. Tesla’s difficulties are relatively mundane: get the transmission working (and whatever other bits are still to do) and ship the cars. No show stoppers here!
This makes for a curious story alright. I've lived and worked in Silicon Valley for almost 20 years. Usually when a CEO gets pushed out there's a serious problem that threatens the company's survival. In this case there have been delays getting the car to production quality, and making the production vehicles.
Martin is right, this moment IS the window of opportunity for an EV. There is no better time than right now to double down an investment in an EV company.
At the end though the CEO works for the investors and the investors call the tune. They must be scared. Or...? The conspiratorial mindset in me is suggesting the powers-that-be want to shut down this company before it becomes a success.