Elon Musk is promising Tesla employees roller coaster rides at the company’s California factory if the Model 3 is produced at full volume.
There will be “free frozen yogurt stands scattered around the factory” and a “Tesla electric pod car roller coaster” as soon as the company production on the Model 3, Musk wrote last week in an email to employees.
“It’s going to get crazy good,” he said, assuring the beleaguered Tesla staff that everything will be fine once the inexpensive car reaches maximum production.
Musk’s comments come as Tesla continues to catch flak about its supposedly toxic work environment. Labor activists have also criticized the company for offering employees meager wages for long hours.
Activists are also pushing Tesla to unionize. The United Automobile Workers (UAW) union confirmed in February that it was approached by workers at the assembly plant about ways to unionize the employees.
UAW also dispelled claims that Tesla employee Jose Moran “is not and has not been paid by the UAW.” Musk accused Moran of being a stooge paid to “agitate for a union.”
Moran, who works as a production assistant with the company, claimed the factory’s “machinery is often not ergonomically compatible with our bodies,” and requires “too much twisting and turning and extra physical movement to do jobs that could be simplified if workers’ input were welcomed.”
Musk tries to make an “us vs them” appeal to squash support for a unionized Tesla, something that could decimate the company’s ability to mass produce its luxury-priced electric vehicles.
“The forces arrayed against us are many and incredibly powerful,” Musk wrote in the email. “This is David vs Goliath if David were six inches tall! Only by being smarter, faster and working well as a tightly integrated team do we have any chance of success.”
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