Elon Musk has revealed the name of who he claims came close to "killing Tesla".
The billionaire has hit out at a former colleague at the leading electric car firm in response to a "false and boring" book about him, released earlier this year.
In a damning tweet, Musk blasts Tesla's former CEO, Martin Eberhard as "by far the worst person I've ever worked with" and blamed his poor management for almost destroying the company.
Author Tim Higgins released in August the book 'Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century', which has inspired Musk himself to consider setting the record straight, from his perspective in a new podcast.
According to Sputnik News, Musk told his 64 million Twitter followers that he wished he had never met Martin Eberhard.
He wrote: "Eberhard is by far the worst person I’ve ever worked with in my entire career. Given how many people I’ve worked with over the years, that’s really saying something".
Before Musk swooped in on the business, Martin Eberhard co-founded Tesla with Marc Tarpenning in 2003 but exited the company just four years later amid uncertain circumstances.
Elon Musk has accused the Silicon Valley engineer of verging on ruining the now global brand of Tesla with bad management decisions including getting rid of talented staff.
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Musk also alleged that the Tesla co-founder made a massive mistake and subsequently an elaborate deception, about how much it would really cost to produce the Tesla Roadster.
Musk said that while heading up Tesla's board of directors, the board demoted Eberhard "from the board of directors and executive management of the company to the advisory board".
Inside the same year Eberhard left Tesla and signed a non-disparagement agreement on his way out but only to file a lawsuit against Musk in 2009.
Musk added: "Once the board was presented with the evidence of Eberhard’s deception/fraud & the dire state of the company, all board members, including those he appointed, voted unanimously to fire him in August 2007".
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Eberhard argued that Musk pushed him out of the company, publicly disparaged him, and compromised Tesla’s financial situation but in an out of court settlement, both men received permission to call themselves Tesla co-founders, Fox News reported.
Martin Eberhard has responded to Musk’s comments by accusing him of violating Tesla’s mutual non-disparagement agreement and refused to fall into the same trap.
He told Business Insider "Despite his breaches of contract, I will refrain from doing the same".
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