Tesla Motors is receiving a ton of praise from business leaders and politicians, and the electric car company is also receiving a fair amount of blame.
The company is currently in the midst of a massive rollout of its first mass-market Model 3 electric vehicle, but that praise has yet to translate into actual sales numbers.
Here are five of the company’s biggest missteps to date.
Its reputation for safety The company has come under fire before for its safety record.
A year ago, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it was investigating whether the Model S sedan and Model X SUV are “at fault” for a series of crashes that killed at least 17 people.
At the time, Tesla said the Model 3’s “safety features” — including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and automatic emergency lane change — would allow the cars to remain in the lane they were traveling in.
NHTSA concluded that Tesla did not have enough data to prove the cars were at fault.
A Tesla spokesperson told Business Insider at the time that Tesla “has implemented significant improvements to its safety features in response to the safety inquiry and will continue to do so.”
The company later said it would be conducting a full safety review of its vehicles and plans to update its software in the coming weeks.
The Model X has a safety record, but the company doesn’t make sure it’s up to the job The Model 3 has had a reputation for being a difficult vehicle to drive.
That was true when it was released back in 2016.
The sedan is a “truly exceptional car,” the company says, and “many of the Model X’s safety features are designed to allow it to be driven in a way that is safe and enjoyable for both drivers and passengers.”
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said at the end of the year that the company was “proud to have delivered an amazing vehicle that delivers exceptional safety to its customers.”
But the company still has not been able to demonstrate that the Model 4 will be a safe ride.
“Our vehicles are not designed to safely travel the roads of America,” Musk wrote.
“There are always drivers who want to do things they shouldn’t.
The Tesla Model 4 is a model that delivers safety to those drivers, and we are excited to continue our journey to make Model 4s safer.”
Tesla has also said that its safety data will be released “soon,” which it said it hopes to release this month.
It’s not clear how the company plans to do that.
Tesla also has a history of making misleading safety claims.
Musk has said that “more than 99 percent” of Model 3s have passed emissions tests, but it was never made clear whether or not the vehicles actually passed all of the tests.
Musk also said at least 97 percent of Model Xs were safe to drive, but a report by The Verge revealed that that claim was misleading.
The Verge reported that Tesla’s Autopilot system has been flagged as having “a very high degree of error” that it has “been linked to accidents and deaths in the past.”
Tesla was also caught lying about its Model X safety record in 2016, saying that it had passed emissions testing and had no crashes on its roads.
The problem: The Model 4 has been in the works for a year, and it’s still being worked on. 3.
The automaker needs to be more transparent about how it calculates emissions emissions The Model E is a car that Tesla is developing for the U, and while that vehicle has been criticized by some for its emissions, it’s been hailed by others for its “tremendous efficiency” and “safer driving.”
Tesla says that the E is “more energy efficient than the previous generation of EVs” and has been hailed as the “most energy efficient electric vehicle in history.”
The E has been “losing ground” to other electric vehicles, including the Chevy Bolt and the Volkswagen e-Golf.
It is currently priced at $35,000.
Tesla has said the company will begin releasing details about the E’s emissions in 2019, but “until then we have not released detailed data.”
It doesn’t have a “sophisticated design” The company says the Model E will be the first mass production electric car with a “modern” design.
But Tesla’s claims about the Model 5 — its next-generation SUV — are also based on a “very advanced design.”
Tesla said that the “slimmer and sleeker” Model 5 will be “the best-selling car in history,” and it will “deliver the best performance of any SUV on the road.”
But a study by Consumer Reports found that the design of the new Model 5 was “lacking in safety.”
The report concluded that “there are safety risks inherent in the design and the lack of a robust safety technology.”
The EV market is booming While the Model 7 and Model 9 have been heralded by many