FILE- In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk speaks after announcing Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as the first private passenger on a trip around the moon in Hawthorne, Calif. U.S. securities regulators have filed a complaint against Musk alleging that he made false and misleading statements about plans to take the company private in August. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Tesla's challenges extend beyond CEO's uncertain future

September 29, 2018 - 3:00 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk's murky future as Tesla Motors' CEO amid a securities fraud lawsuit isn't the only cloud hanging over the electric car maker.

The company was on shaky financial ground even before government regulators set out to remove Musk as CEO, a blow that has increased the pressure on Tesla to prove it can consistently produce enough cars to survive. Tesla will provide a glimpse at how it has been faring when it releases its third-quarter production numbers within the next few days.

The news is likely to lift or depress Tesla's stock, which plunged 14 percent Friday as investors fretted about Musk's potential ouster.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is suing Musk, alleging he tweeted misleading information about the financing for a deal to buy Tesla.

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