Tesla Motors, a global tech firm, has been under intense scrutiny for a week after a Japanese government investigation found the company is engaged in “massive corruption”.
The report was compiled by a government watchdog agency and said that since 2009, the company had used secret agreements to acquire and sell a total of 7,000 electric cars to foreign companies and that the cars are used in “the highest level of illegal activity in Japan”.
The probe found that Tesla was using its cars to pay bribes to government officials in return for permits for its vehicles to be used in government infrastructure projects, including roads.
Tesla Motors is a privately held company that has more than 8,000 employees and operates in the US, Canada, Germany, Australia, India, and South Korea.
It has more electric cars than any other automaker in the world.
In an official statement issued late on Wednesday, the automaker said it had “conducted an independent investigation” into the allegations made in the report.
“Tesla continues to strongly refute the allegations in the government report,” it said.
Tesla has repeatedly denied the allegations.
In a statement, Tesla said the government’s report did not support the company’s “sensational” claim that the company “does not have the legal authority to use these vehicles for any purpose other than to obtain permits and to transport their owners”.
“The government investigation that led to this conclusion did not prove that we did not have any authority to obtain such permits,” the statement said.