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Elon Musk's distraction is just one of Tesla's problems

By Jack Ewing, Daisuke Wakabayashi and Melissa Eddy

21 Dec 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

A growing list of concerns at Tesla is puncturing the mystique surrounding the company and eroding Elon Musk's reputation as a genius. As one consultant tells the NYT: "The competitors smell blood".

Production headaches on three continents. Intensifying competition. A plunging share price. And a distracted CEO seemingly bent on alienating some of the company’s most loyal customers.

A growing list of problems at Tesla, the world’s most valuable car company, is puncturing its mystique as the segment’s technology leader, leading analysts and investors to question whether it can continue to dominate the market for electric vehicles.

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