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Buffett says Musk could improve as CEO, doubts merit of tweeting

The electric car maker plans to keep taking online orders for the Standard Plus Model 3 which starts at $39,500 The electric car maker plans to keep taking online orders for the Standard Plus Model 3 which starts at $39,500
Katie Ramirez | 15 April, 2019, 15:57

In a statement after the hearing, Musk signaled he is willing to work out a deal.

A US Court District judge earlier this month asked electric car-maker Tesla, its CEO Elon Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to iron out their differences within two weeks and come with a new resolution.

In the filing, Musk's lawyers say he was defending himself and his companies in. The agency contends that Musk hasn't sought the lawyer's approval for a single tweet. The SEC states it hurt investors that bought Tesla stock but until they had precise info.

Musk later backed off the idea of taking the company private, but regulators concluded he had not lined up the money to pull off the deal.

Attorney John Hueston said the SEC's very first step after the tweet about production should have been to approach Tesla in good faith, and Nathan agreed.

Musk's 13-word tweet on February 19 said Tesla would create about 500,000 vehicles this year.

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Meanwhile, Tesla's shares fell 8% Thursday after the company said it churned out 77,100 vehicles well behind the pace it has to maintain to meet Musk's pledge.

Tesla is also upgrading the FSD computer in all of its cars soon, and will even retrofit cars that have FSD with the new computer should the owner requests it. Electrek notes, however, that it's unclear if all cars are getting the new computer or not. Before he tweets he begrudgingly agreed to seek approval from a business attorney.

The SEC sought to oust Musk out of his function within his August tweet as chairman and CEO.

In the recent tweet on February 19 that inspired the contempt proceedings, Musk said, "Tesla made 0 cars in 2011, but will make around 500k in 2019." according to the terms of the earlier settlement, and was inaccurate. Rather, Musk and made other concessions to settle the case and Tesla consented to pay $40 million.

The erratic behaviour of musk has led some to wonder whether he ought to remain CEO of Tesla, but others say he is too valuable and the visionary behind the business to lose.

At Wednesday's close, Tesla shares were down 12.3% so far this year.

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