Tesla Motors higher after Musk comments on Q4

Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk is still hammering away at the undue attention a few post-accident battery fires has drawn as he maintains the accidents are not part of a design flaw.

In an interview with the AP, Musk did sneak another nugget unrelated to the fire fiasco when he tipped that Q4 sales are running higher than expectations so far.

TSLA +2.8% premarket to $124.80.

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  • Retired2thDoc
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    Ahhhh, the good old days!! Welcome news, indeed
    25 Nov 2013, 09:22 AM Reply Like
  • John Magocs
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    Back to 170s
    25 Nov 2013, 09:23 AM Reply Like
  • Robert Duval
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    Higher than whose expectations?
    25 Nov 2013, 09:25 AM Reply Like
  • 2ng
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    giving high expectations works now but will be a enemy when the EC arrives
    25 Nov 2013, 09:40 AM Reply Like
  • Darren McCammon
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    What's an EC?
    25 Nov 2013, 11:10 AM Reply Like
  • 2ng
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    earnings call
    25 Nov 2013, 11:31 AM Reply Like
  • Dan Fichana
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    Someone enlightened me to this report.


    While old, it shows road hazards and injuries suffered.




    While it is rare, in the case Chazz Campbell, the debris went through his leg.


    The NHTSA already set a precedent for not doing anything when there was an actual injury related to road debris, so it is highly doubtful that they will do something about Tesla's fires when there were no injuries.
    25 Nov 2013, 10:02 AM Reply Like
  • Stephen Pace
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    @Dan: I like the ones with video better:


    25 Nov 2013, 11:49 AM Reply Like
  • Vico Confino
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    Vico Confino Tesla owner since 12/21/2012


    Living in Florida I became accustomed to having the auto air on all the time. This past weekend I turned the air off and opened the windows and sunroof to see what the result would be.
    I never realized how much power the air conditioner took from the battery. The mileage before charging went up drastically.
    Not that I have to worry about the cost of the electric but it brought me back to the good old days of breathing fresh air ( we still have a little of it left in Florida).
    I want to wish all of you Teslarians a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.
    On my way to 81 and loving every minute of it driving my Tesla.
    Stay well,
    Vico Confino
    Nil Desperandum
    25 Nov 2013, 11:14 AM Reply Like
  • surferbroadband
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    The video and the article about the road debris say everything what will happen with the NHTSA. Of course, Tesla is still selling because the buyers know what is behind all the bad press on the 3 car fires.


    Tesla car buyers are high income people, with high intelligence. The oil companies are failing.
    25 Nov 2013, 01:23 PM Reply Like
  • Surf Dog
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    No one ever said that the oil industry would just disappear like the dinosaur that it is becoming.


    There are many gooey, slimy, Neanderthals that will fight to the death to defend their beloved oil, and now gas from Fracking.


    Here is an interesting article that may seem off topic until you see what Ford tried to do. This article is a clear example of the lies and misinformation that championed the oil industry even in it's early days. Money and Power Breed Corruption.


    1937-ongoing: UNITED STATES. For the past hundred years, the cultivation of hemp has been expanding on a huge scale, originally providing mainly fiber for rope manufacture but, in the opening decades of the twentieth century, increasingly providing feed stock for a range of chemicals and plastics. Ford Motor Company actually makes a prototype car body of plastic from hemp which weighs only a third of a conventional steel body and is said to be ten times stronger.


    Assassin_Youth anti hemp marijuana propagandaNot only is hemp a direct competitor to the petroleum oil interests, most notably the Rockefellers' Standard Oil and the Mellon family's Gulf Oil, as a chemical feed stock, but, if car bodies were to be made of hemp-derived plastic as Ford proposes, the total weight of cars would be reduced thereby significantly reducing the demand for oil which seems positively un-American. Another interested party is Better Killing Through Chemistry Dupont whose petroleum-based synthetics are in competition with hemp and competition is, as John D. Rockefeller says, the deadliest sin.


    devils-harvest-reefer-... a period of about ten years prior to the passage of a bill effectively destroying hemp as a competitor to petroleum, the U.S. is flooded with anti-hemp propaganda. The print media of racist warmonger and Nazi mouthpiece William Randolph Hearst carries large amounts of propaganda designed to incite fear of the consequences of marijuana use among amongst Americans. Hearst's fabrications consist largely of ludicrous scare stories, many with a racist and/or sexually charged angle. In the mid-1930s, a whole string of equally ludicrous anti-marijuana propaganda films magically appears on American theater screens. Among these are the notorious Reefer Madness, Devil's Harvest, Assassin of Youth, Marihuana Girl and many others.


    When all right thinking Americans have been brainwashed into believing that hemp is the fruit of Satan's loins, the Marijuana Tax Act is duly passed, effectively ending the cultivation of hemp for all purposes, putting American hemp farmers out of business and making the world safe for Dupont and the oil companies.


    anti+propaganda+hemp+a... disguising the anti-hemp legislation as a tax bill rather than as a legal prohibition, it is slipped through the six member House Ways and Means Committee chaired by Dupont minion Robert Doughton. It thus bypasses the full House and goes to the Senate Finance Committee controlled, coincidentally, by yet another Dupont minion, Prentiss Brown. Testimony in favor of the defacto banning of hemp before the Ways and Means Committee is provided by none other than Harry Anslinger, longtime head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Narcotics, who just happens to be a member of the Mellon family and had been appointed to his position by Andrew Mellon. Those who might have opposed the bill, including those who support the medical uses of marijuana, are given no notice of the meetings concerning the bill. Later, Anslinger will attempt to suppress the publication of books critical of his "war on drugs".


    Here is the link if anyone is interested, there are graphics that may not show up here.




    Oil and Gas may not die overnight, but they Absolutely Have To!


    Tesla is the is providing framework that is creating the process of Transforming our transportation industry away from Fossil Fuels to Clean, Renewable, and Sustainable sources.


    Tesla will expand into other markets with innovative and compelling products. Passenger Vehicles are just the beginning. Tesla’s potential cannot even be imagined today.


    Disclosure: I am long TSLA, SCTY
    25 Nov 2013, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • rockinghorse
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    It is curious that Brian Johnson seem to be unaware that Model S sales are production limited, not demand limited. Therefore it is impossible that the on going investigation has any relevance for 2014 sales, no matter what will be the outcome of investigation.


    BTW, AP artcile was very good. Thanks for sharing!
    25 Nov 2013, 03:31 PM Reply Like
  • 123man
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    Here are some other car accidents worth looking into - makes one feel much safer driving a Model S -














    I know I feel safer in my Model s - thanks Vico for the idea on how to enjoy the Model S even more - enjoy your 81st, 82nd, 83,rd . . .
    26 Nov 2013, 11:45 AM Reply Like
  • rstrong
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    U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 152,300 automobile fires per year in 2006-2010. These fires caused an average of 209 civilian deaths, 764 civilian injuries, and $536 million in direct property damage.
    28 Nov 2013, 01:52 AM Reply Like
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