There are a lot of times lately when I'm perusing Twitter quickly, and my brain stops me and says, "Wait, what? Go back and reread that."
Thanks, brain. I will go back and reread that tweet from Elon Musk, the one saying Tesla is working on building its own car carriers due to a shortage of them. This shortage is part of why customers aren't getting their Tesla Model 3s in a timely manner.
The writers over at Jalopnik made a couple of phone calls and talked to a couple of car carriers and couldn't find any evidence of a shortage. They also found a helpful link to car carriers for sale in California, so Tesla wouldn't have to build its own.
It seems lately that many Tesla-related claims don't stand up to scrutiny. The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating many of Musk's Twitter claims about Model 3 production and also his statement that the automaker was about to go private. Just three months after Musk secured a deal to build a high-speed tunnel transportation network to Chicago's O'Hare airport, skeptics are questioning how the $1 billion project will actually come to fruition.
The management team at Tesla might want to take a look at this old Quartz piece, which talks about how managing expectations is sometimes much more important for a CEO than actual performance. It could help the automaker to take a step back and stop promising the stars when the moon is a big enough stretch to reach.
-- Sharon Silke Carty