Tesla Motors (TSLA -6.7%) slips as Autodata estimates the company may have sold 1,425 units of...


Tesla Motors (TSLA -6.7%) slips as Autodata estimates the company may have sold 1,425 units of its Model S sedan in May. Year-to-date Model S sales are estimated to be about 7,506 units. During Q1, the company produced 400 or more Model S vehicles a week, for a total of over 5,000.

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  • wigit5
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    1,425 new sales on top of the ones already pre-ordered? or is that only 1,425 delivered to those who pre-ordered.
    3 Jun 2013, 03:34 PM Reply Like
  • AlbertinBermuda
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    When in doubt go with the pessimistic view.
    3 Jun 2013, 03:45 PM Reply Like
  • maekuz
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    The latest ViN applied ist beyond 13,000:

     

    http://bit.ly/ZINLej

     

    That means they made 13.000+ Model S up to now. With 3.100 Sold in 2012 and 4.900 in Q1 2013 that leaves 5.000 deliveries for april and may.

     

    Someone has to get his math straight.
    3 Jun 2013, 05:09 PM Reply Like
  • Cassina Tarsia
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    Understandable, but hope that people realize the kind of car that the Model S is ... it is worth the price! Probably, like many people that I have talked with, they want the Gen III right now for the cheaper price. All I can say is, "I am so glad that I have mine now!"
    3 Jun 2013, 03:47 PM Reply Like
  • TikiManProd
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    If you drive a lot, and live in California, or other states with high gas prices, you could very well have recouped half the cost of a Model S, before a cheaper-slower Gen III model comes out four to five years from now.
    3 Jun 2013, 03:55 PM Reply Like
  • Randy Carlson
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    If Tesla has been building ~500 cars a week in May, but sold only 1,425, then there are ~500+/- cars 'missing'. If half Teslas future production is slated to go to Europe and the 'European pipe' is a month long, we should expect to see another 'missing' 500 cars in June before deliveries begin in Europe in July - or something like that.

     

    Of course the ~100 US loaner cars, the likely ~100 loaner/demo cars for Europe and who knows, maybe ~50 display/demo cars going to Asia in there , too...
    3 Jun 2013, 03:58 PM Reply Like
  • Aaron.Rhodes
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    I think that this is right on target. I looked a little into it and it is U.S. sales for May. 3 Months at this rate would be just under 4,300, plus the estimated 500 to Europe. And then there is Canada. I don't think the dip is on this news, yet a broader consolidation of the price as shorts keep piling on.
    3 Jun 2013, 04:01 PM Reply Like
  • Stephen Pace
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    Where does Autodata get its numbers from? And are these the same guys that came up with the bogus numbers that suppliers used to not properly prepare for Tesla meeting their production goals? As far as I know, Tesla doesn't officially report any numbers other than quarterly.
    3 Jun 2013, 04:02 PM Reply Like
  • Aaron.Rhodes
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    I agree Stephen,

     

    The report doesn't look legit. I couldn't even find an official version of this report. Plus, its presented in a negative light, when it is meeting expectations. Also, this is not the reason why the market dropped, so further wordsmithing.
    3 Jun 2013, 04:10 PM Reply Like
  • Agnes59
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    One seeks any kind of negative reports. I believe its another one of those tactics to scare investors.BTW, I wonder where is JP by now? I'm sure he'll show up at anytime to join his colleague.
    3 Jun 2013, 04:19 PM Reply Like
  • CastorTiu
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    I saw JP replying this morning in another post about Tesla, he seems more objective now with the answer and not talking so much bullsh..., probably he had learn a lesson, who knows, may be he is starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
    3 Jun 2013, 05:07 PM Reply Like
  • wipster
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    Perhaps they will mention something about orders and deliveries at the Shareholders meeting at 3 PM PDT tomorrow afternoon. Regardless, it should be interesting!
    3 Jun 2013, 05:31 PM Reply Like
  • Agnes59
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    Alleluah ! And the truth shall set him free Thanks for the info.
    3 Jun 2013, 09:32 PM Reply Like
  • doc tari
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    Not sure were that misleading headline came from but if you take the guidance on sales forcast for 2013 and overlay on year to date sales and production from Autodata then everything lines up. When was the last time you saw that in the auto industry.....it slipped because of profit takers not this data....
    3 Jun 2013, 04:18 PM Reply Like
  • Senlac
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    Yea, "may have sold 1425" nothing about quantity produced. Considering they have ~15,000 back log after 1st quarter sales, one can tell nothing from such a vague comment. It is irresponsible to make such comments without explaining other relevant details. They had about 20,000 orders placed at the beginning of 2013.
    3 Jun 2013, 04:25 PM Reply Like
  • AlbertinBermuda
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    Is there a way to verify the 20K order number?
    3 Jun 2013, 04:38 PM Reply Like
  • daveruns2win
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    I think that Tesla closed the factory for one week in May to reconfigure. There were several posting to this effect on the teslamotorsclub blog. If that is correct, then the 1,425 number makes sense. Counting shipments is important for estimating earnings, but that has limited relationship to orders/deposits which is the long term driver here.
    3 Jun 2013, 05:11 PM Reply Like
  • yami
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    Had to sell TSLA for over $3000 damage :/
    Too late to realize its price was a bubble and cheated someone conservative like me too.
    Just everyone got excited about free fuel. That is it.
    Now people understand it would take too long and too much that Tesla company gets something like Apple and pays back investors same way.
    Let me tell you, Tesla stock price does not depend on anything but Battery Technology Improvement.
    When we have great batteries, then Tesla will soar to god knows how much dollar.
    But I bet new investors in recent price, need to be patient... patient... patient... patienttttt
    3 Jun 2013, 05:30 PM Reply Like
  • AlbertinBermuda
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    Is the cost of the recharging at the Super charging stations really free?

     

    The company is paying per facility $300k+ in start-up costs plus maintenance and making up any shortfall in electricity.

     

    Surely the shareholder and by extension the customer will eventually bear the cost.
    3 Jun 2013, 06:01 PM Reply Like
  • 123man
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    Albertin - it has been pointed out in other posts, cost of supercharging is built into each MS, thus the more cars sold the more infrastructure can be built without affecting the bottom line -
    as to excitement about free fuel, you bet, 1700 miles, 3 weeks, no gas :-) - we wake up EVERY morning to a full charge. and the rest of the day drive an exhilarating car - my wife loves it, my grandkids love it, my neighbors love it, and what the adage, "love conquers all" -
    4 Jun 2013, 09:31 AM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    how many of your grandkids/neighbors are buying them? just curious... my family owns one and our neighbors/family/friends all love it but none have considered getting one seriously despite our recommendations.
    4 Jun 2013, 10:09 AM Reply Like
  • AlbertinBermuda
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    And here I thought that the Model S was released for sale before the supercharging plan was announced.

     

    I really should pay more attention.

     

    Upon reflection I am not certain that I would be happy to pay for someone elses "fuel" especially if my usage was well within the conservative profile.
    4 Jun 2013, 11:21 AM Reply Like
  • PeterJA
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    "Upon reflection I am not certain that I would be happy to pay for someone elses "fuel" especially if my usage was well within the conservative profile"

     

    You don't have to pay for it. The Supercharger capability is optional for the 60kWh Model S
    4 Jun 2013, 11:34 AM Reply Like
  • AlbertinBermuda
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    How about other versions?

     

    Any idea which came first, the supercharger announcement or the release of the Model S?
    4 Jun 2013, 11:41 AM Reply Like
  • AlbertinBermuda
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    Yes but it appears not to be an option for the other models.
    4 Jun 2013, 06:45 PM Reply Like
  • PeterJA
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    Then don't buy that model (85kWh Model S).

     

    The Roadster can't use Superchargers because its power-handling equipment is not designed for it.
    4 Jun 2013, 07:44 PM Reply Like
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