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  • Sun, Jan. 31, 9:43 AM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk increased his stake in the EV automaker by exercising options at pre-IPO prices.
    • Musk only paid $3.5M for the shares worth just over $100M, but had to pony up $50M to pay personal taxes on the transaction.
    • The Tesla stake held by Musk is close to 22% or about $5.5B at Friday's closing price of $191.20.
    • Musk still holds 2.82M options he can exercise down the road
    | Sun, Jan. 31, 9:43 AM | 206 Comments
  • Thu, Jan. 28, 12:42 PM
    • Tesla Motors (TSLA -1.1%) CEO Elon Musk teased on trucks during an interview this week at the StartmeupHK Festival in Hong Kong.
    • "I think it is quite likely we will do a truck in the future," stated Musk. "I think it’s sort of a logical thing for us to do in the future," he added.
    • Shares of Tesla are lower on the day amid some risk-on trading in FANG stocks and Under Armour (+20%).
    | Thu, Jan. 28, 12:42 PM | 302 Comments
  • Tue, Jan. 26, 9:48 AM
    • While the major focus on Tesla Motors (TSLA -2.7%) is on quarterly earnings and the update on deliveries due out on in early February, that's not stopping speculation on growth in China and the Model 3 from ramping up.
    • CEO Elon Musk told Engadget that the company wants to find a local partner and plant location in China by the middle of this year. Tesla currently has 15 stores in Greater China and a charging network of 340 Superchargers and over 1,600 destination chargers.
    • Electrek posted a picture of what could be the EV automaker's Model 3 (or Model Y?) prototype. The official unveiling of the Model 3 is expected to occur at the Geneva Motor Show between March 3 through March 13, although pushing release dates back isn't an unknown phenomenon for Tesla.
    • Previously: JPMorgan trims view of Tesla Motors Q4 profit (Jan. 25 2016)
    | Tue, Jan. 26, 9:48 AM | 118 Comments
  • Mon, Jan. 25, 1:39 PM
    • JPMorgan adjusts Q4 estimates on Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.9%) to account for a lower mix of Model X deliveries from the EV automaker than it anticipated.
    • The investment firm sees EPS of $0.10 for the quarter vs. $0.26 prior and $0.11 consensus. Tesla is due to report on February 10.
    | Mon, Jan. 25, 1:39 PM | 183 Comments
  • Wed, Jan. 20, 7:03 AM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) filed a federal lawsuit against Hoerbiger Automotive Comfort Systems over the failure of the German supplier to properly design the falcon wing doors on the Model X.
    • The EV automaker was forced to change to a new supplier in May of 2015 due to the issue.
    • The legal action seeks to end Hoerbiger's efforts collect more payments from Tesla.
    | Wed, Jan. 20, 7:03 AM | 640 Comments
  • Tue, Jan. 19, 11:31 AM
    • A FTC workshop ongoing in Washington D.C. has auto distribution issues in the U.S.on the agenda. The growth of the direct selling model will be analyzed and debated.
    • The workshop will also delve into future trends in the automobiles industry, including the "sharing economy" and autonomous vehicles.
    • Execs with Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA), Uber (NYSEARCA:UBR), Elio Motors, and dealership networks are all expected to give input.
    • FTC workshop live video stream
    | Tue, Jan. 19, 11:31 AM | 202 Comments
  • Mon, Jan. 18, 3:12 AM
    • For the third time in roughly a year, Elon Musk's SpaceX on Sunday failed to successfully land the main part of a spent rocket on a floating ocean platform, although it came pretty close.
    • The booster maneuvered back to its destination as intended, but touched down harder than planned amid 10- to 15-foot swells, causing it to tip over and explode.
    • Last month, SpaceX made a successful, first-of-its-kind return of a used booster that hurtled back from space and made a pinpoint touchdown on land without incurring any significant damage.
    • Watch the video here
    • Previously: SpaceX Falcon landing shakes up space industry (Dec. 22 2015)
    | Mon, Jan. 18, 3:12 AM | 153 Comments
  • Thu, Jan. 14, 10:05 AM
    • Investors continue to blow some steam off favorite names from 2015. A reset of how the stocks trade on an earnings multiple basis could have long-lasting implications.
    • Under Armour (NYSE:UA) is down 4.66% to $68.52. YTD -15.1%.
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is off 2.66% to $194.98. YTD -18.9%.
    • Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) trades 2.87% lower at $103.50. YTD -10.8%.
    • All three stocks are well-below their 2015 highs.
    | Thu, Jan. 14, 10:05 AM | 103 Comments
  • Mon, Jan. 11, 1:30 PM
    • Tesla Motors (TSLA -2.8%) is lower on the day to stand in contrast to broad gains across the automaker sector.
    • General Motors unveiled some more details on the Chevy Bolt earlier today at the Detroit auto show, while an article from SA contributor Montana Skeptic on the progress of the gigafactory is making some noise.
    • Shares of Tesla are down 14.4% through the first six trading sessions of 2016.
    • Previously: Chevy Bolt steals early thunder at Detroit auto show (Jan. 11)
    | Mon, Jan. 11, 1:30 PM | 79 Comments
  • Sun, Jan. 10, 2:09 PM
    • A new software update from Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) upgrades the self-parking capabilities for Model S and Model X owners, including maneuvering into perpendicular spaces.
    • Software version 7.1 allows Tesla vehicles to drive 39 feet at 1 mph in self-driving mode with the owner outside the car. Another tweak limits the top speed of autonomous driving on the road to just 5 mph over the legal limit.
    • Improvements to HomeLink and AutoSteer were also part of the upgrade.
    | Sun, Jan. 10, 2:09 PM | 155 Comments
  • Thu, Jan. 7, 11:32 AM
    • Tesla Motors (TSLA -1%) issued a statement following the Chevrolet Bolt (NYSE:GM) reveal last night at CES.
    • "Commitments from traditional car makers to build electric vehicles advance Tesla’s mission to accelerate the advent of sustainable transportation. We hope to see all those additional zero-emission vehicles on the road, " reads the short announcement.
    • The 200-mile range Bolt goes into production at the end of this year. Jalopnik makes the case that heightened EV awareness, even if it come from a Detroit major, could be a positive for Tesla in the long term.
    • Perhaps the most interesting revelation from GM on the Bolt was that it's being designed with ride-sharing a focus. While that makes perfect sense with GM investing heavily in Lyft, it also could mean that the Bolt and Model 3 will be aiming at different buyer categories.
    • The first look at the Model 3 prototype is expected in March. Deliveries from Tesla of the mass-market model are expected to commence in 2017.
    • Previously: General Motors shows off Chevy Bolt (Jan. 07 2016)
    | Thu, Jan. 7, 11:32 AM | 188 Comments
  • Tue, Jan. 5, 10:58 AM
    • Faraday Future unveiled its concept car last night at CES in front of automobile industry watchers and key investors. The FF Zero 1 concept vehicle resembled the Batmobile more than anything on the market today.
    • The presentation by Faraday played up the variable architecture platform it plans to use that will be scalable to different drivetrain types. The company also said it aims for a complete "rethink" of what mobility means in the automobile industry.
    • Chinese investor-backed Faraday aims to start producing pure EVs in 2017 out of a manufacturing facility near Las Vegas. If the company can bridge the large gap between concept and production reality it is seen as a potential challenger to Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) and BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) from which Faraday has hired some key engineers.
    • Faraday FFZERO1 video
    • Previously: Faraway dreams for EV startup Faraday Future (Dec. 10 2015)
    • Previously: Faraday Future aims to make a splash at CES (Dec. 31 2015)
    • Previously: Faraday Future loses top battery designer (Jan. 04 2016)
    | Tue, Jan. 5, 10:58 AM | 91 Comments
  • Sun, Jan. 3, 12:30 PM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) announces deliveries of 17,400 vehicles in Q4. The mark is on the low end of the 17K to 19K range forecast by Tesla in the fall.
    • 507 Model X vehicles were produced during the quarter and 208 were delivered to customers.
    • The "exponential" ramp of Model X builds tracked to a production run rate of 238 vehicles per week by the end of the period, according to the EV automaker.
    • Total 2015 deliveries were 50,580 vehicles.
    • Shares of Tesla ended 2015 with three solid sessions to settle at $240.01.
    | Sun, Jan. 3, 12:30 PM | 273 Comments
  • Dec. 31, 2015, 8:34 AM
    • Faraday Future posted a video of its pure EV concept vehicle ahead of the private company's highly-anticipated debut at CES next week.
    • The secretive Faraday is just one of the EV startups aiming to steal some of Tesla Motors' (NASDAQ:TSLA) thunder.
    • Faraday is due to present at CES on January 4 at 5:00 P.M. EST.
    • CES EV preview
    • Previously: Faraway dreams for EV startup Faraday Future (Dec. 10 2015)
    | Dec. 31, 2015, 8:34 AM | 48 Comments
  • Dec. 30, 2015, 12:54 PM
    • The electric vehicle industry could grow up all at once next month at the CES Show in Las Vegas with major automakers set to plant their flags.
    • General Motors (NYSE:GM) will unveil the production version of its all-electric Chevrolet Bolt and will confirm whether or not a 200-mile range and the $30K sticker price are realistic goals.
    • Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) will showcase the Leaf EV and Toyota (NYSE:TM) plans to highlight its juiced-up Prius hybrid.
    • A huge talking point will be Ford's (NYSE:F) presentation when Mark Fields will talk strategy. The billion-dollar question is if Field will formally announce a self-driving car partnership between Ford and Google. That collaboration could influence EV demand across the board.
    • Perhaps the most interesting EV reveal at CES will be when Volkswagen (OTCPK:VLKAY) exec Dr. Herbert Diess uses a keynote address to discuss the German automaker's electric car initiative. Diess will leave the diesel emissions scandal in the rear-view mirror to unveil Volkswagen's EV concept car. Autocar reports that an electric Microbus will be unveiled.
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) won't be a major player at CES, although the company's long-term track could be impacted by some of the revelations of its peers. Once the drama of Tesla's Q4 deliveries is swept away, the focus could turn to where the Model III fits into the EZ puzzle.
    | Dec. 30, 2015, 12:54 PM | 167 Comments
  • Dec. 29, 2015, 7:26 AM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) faces intense competition for engineering talent in California as it looks to add thousands of new workers over the new few years, reports The Wall Street Journal. Tech heavyweights and startups are both scrapping for the same hardcore software engineers as Tesla as autonomous features in the car industry go to the next phase.
    • The EV automaker is ambitiously bringing more production functions in-house compared to some of its Detroit and German rivals.
    • The hiring binge could push Tesla out of its current headquarters, although CEO Elon Musk indicated previously that the company will remain in California.
    • Tesla reports Q4 deliveries next week.
    | Dec. 29, 2015, 7:26 AM | 118 Comments
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Tesla Motors Inc designs, develops, manufactures and sells high-performance fully electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components.