A Tesla spokesperson has issued the following statement in response to Tripp’s allegations:
“These claims are false and Tripp does not even have personal knowledge about the safety claims that he is making. No punctured cells have ever been used in any Model 3s in any way, and all VINs that have been identified have safe batteries”
It would be very easy to prove or disprove if Tripp is lying: just find one of the VINned cars, and check its batter module.
Shortly after posting the tweets, Tripp was slapped with a twelve-hour suspension by Twitter and some tweets were deleted. In a direct message (he can still use DMs) he told Gizmodo that he believes it was because at least one photo contained “an email [address] with Elon’s name.”
Tripp showed a screenshot of the notification Twitter sent him and it does list the reason for his temporary suspension as violating its policies against posting private information.
“You may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorization and permission.”
Below is the image that contained Musk’s name beside an email address with the address redacted: