Thu, Jul. 16, 11:54 AM
- Tesla Motors (TSLA +1.4%) expects to sell its Model X in China during the first half of 2016.
- The company will utilize a network of showrooms in larger cities to introduce the SUV to Chinese consumers.
- As far as powering up Model S and Model X vehicles in China, the number of Tesla charging stations is up to 1.4K, while superchargers are also being added at a fast clip. Superchargers are reported to still be free for Chinese drivers similar to Tesla's policy in North America (some third-party charging stations in China charge fees).
- An introduction of the Model X in Japan is also expected in early 2016. Tesla has been accepting reservations in Japan for the X since 2013.
- Expansion for Tesla in Asia could also include South Korea if a recent job posting has significance. Though bigger than some European markets where Tesla does well, South Korea is a relatively small automobile market.
Wed, Jul. 15, 7:18 AM
- Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has tripled its land holdings in Nevada, according to The Wall Street Journal.
- The company utilized an option on its purchase agreement originally signed in 2011 for the land near Reno.
- Most of the acreage will be "buffer land"which can be used for solar arrays as needed, stated a Tesla spokesperson.
- The Gigafactory could employ up to 6.5K people after it's completed.
Fri, Jul. 10, 3:32 PM
- Elio Motors has raised $16M in just 19 days from an online crowdsourcing campaign aimed at helping it manufacture a vehicle listing for $6.8K.
- The startup automaker is looking to raise a total of $25M through a new passage in the JOBS Act that also falls in line with SEC regulations.
- Plans have been laid out by Elio Motors to develop the two-seat, three-wheel vehicle with a fuel economy rating of 84 mpg. An early prototype is reported to have reached a top speed of 100 mph. The vehicle is technically defined as a motorcycle which makes it a potential rival of Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) and the super-budget segment of the automobile sector. That is if the startup beats the odds to manufacture at scale.
- The company says it wants to emulate the direct sales model of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) and partner with Pep Boys (NYSE:PBY) for service. Pre-orders of over $290M have been received, according to Elio's website.
- Suppliers for the Elio model include Lear (NYSE:LEA), Cooper Tire & Rubber (NYSE:CTB), and Bosch - while production is planned for an old GM plant in Louisiana.
Fri, Jul. 10, 5:14 AM
- Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has hired ex-Burberry senior vice president Ganesh Srivats to lead North American sales, adding an executive to help extend its reputation for automotive luxury.
- Srivats will help Tesla deepen its already formidable brand into a premium lifestyle experience to go with its high-tech image, taking a cue from the kind of marketing BMW, Porsche and Ferrari have done.
- TSLA +2% premarket
Wed, Jul. 8, 10:37 AM
- Tesla (TSLA -5%) bulls are getting a gift as two recent downgrades have helped knock the stock price back nearly 10%, says Baird analyst Ben Kallo, reiterating his Outperform rating and $335 price target.
- The downgrades, he says, do not fully value the lower-priced Model X launch.
- Previously: Another downgrade for Tesla; stock slips 2% (July 8)
- Previously: Tesla cut to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank (July 7)
Wed, Jul. 8, 7:37 AM
- Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) gives back a bit more of its recent big run, as Pac Crest's Brad Erickson says the valuation is getting full and downgrades to Sector Weight.
- He sees fair value for the stock at $293, or just 8% above yesterday's close, meaning a more balanced risk/reward scenario.
- Shares -2% to $262.44 premarket.
Tue, Jul. 7, 8:47 AM
- Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) -1.6% premarket after Deutsche Bank downgrades shares to Hold from Buy, citing valuation and an "insufficient" risk/reward at current levels.
- The firm thinks the electric vehicle market should increase dramatically from current levels, and TSLA could become the dominant player in the space, but the company's opportunity looks priced into the stock at current levels.
- Despite the downgrade, the firm raises its 2020 EPS to $22.20 from $20 and raises its stock price target to $280 from $245.
Thu, Jul. 2, 7:47 AM
- Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) +2.8% premarket after saying it delivered 11,507 Model S sedans in Q2, a 52% Y/Y and 15% Q/Q increase as well as a company record.
- But the company will need an uptick of growth in H2 if it is to meet CEO Elon Musk's ambitious sales goal of 55K deliveries for the full year.
- TSLA does not release monthly sales; its practice of releasing quarterly sales started last quarter because it believed "inaccurate sources of information are sometimes used by others to project the number of vehicle deliveries."
Mon, Jun. 29, 11:11 AM
- Credit Suisse says it has a "high level" of conviction Tesla Motors (TSLA -1.6%) should be valued at $310 to $365 for a one-year timeframe. If Tesla Energy is factored in at its full potential, CS takes the one-year target to $400.
- Major improvements in the Model S increase the odds for a smooth Model X launch, reasons the investment firm.
- EPS forecasts from Credit Suisse: $0.12 for 2015 (-$0.02 consensus), $4.00 for 2016 ($3.42 consensus), $6.00 for 2016.
Fri, Jun. 26, 9:42 AM
- Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.6%) and the Gigafactory was discussed at a meeting last night in Nevada of economic officials.
- A representative from the Governor's office updated lawmakers that progress on the Gigafactory was slightly ahead of schedule.
- "Certainly by one year from now, that factory will be producing batteries," stated director Steve Hill.
- Pacific Crest is optimistic on the progress at Tesla after taking a factory tour in Fremont. Waves of new employees and pilot Model X shells were observed during the walk-through.
- "We continue to expect the X launch sometime in September and would expect investor optimism to grow into this launch," wrote the investment firm. Shares of Tesla are rated Overweight with a $293 PT.
- Also in the mix, automobile industry analysts noted a bit of smugness from execs out of Detroit with GM seemingly ahead of Tesla in the development of a 200-mile range mass-market EV. Some think the development is just an opening salvo in what could be a war of words over the next-gen models.
Thu, Jun. 25, 5:53 PM
- If there was ever any doubt, Jefferies analysts say Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) owners really love their cars, citing a firm survey that revealed exceptional brand loyalty.
- According to the survey, 25% of respondents are not considering any other brand but Tesla, 85% said their next car would be a Tesla, 83% stated they would recommend a Tesla to their friends, and 89% said they would still buy a Tesla even if the federal tax credit were eliminated.
- The survey also challenges conventional wisdom that owners are a uniform group of luxury car buyers, and that owners were willing to pay an average of ~60% more for a Tesla, meaning that introducing the Model III by 2017 - whose advertised sticker price is expected at +/-$50K - should help the company tap into the $35K+ price point.
Mon, Jun. 22, 12:19 PM
- A Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.9%) spokesperson has clarified a slide from a presentation made by an executive at a conference last week on the expected launch date of the Model 3.
- The Model 3 is still "on schedule" and will begin production in 2017.
- "[The] slide is a high-level look into when Model 3 will be in full production," stated Tesla's Khobi Brooklyn.
- Earlier: Tesla Motors Model 3 launch pushed back to 2018
Mon, Jun. 22, 10:12 AM
- Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.8%) stumbles in early trading after a slide from a company presentation at a conference indicates the Model 3 is now planned for 2018.
- Here's the slide as found by InsideEVs.com.
- The most recent timeline given by Tesla CEO Elon Musk was for a late 2017 debut of the mass market model.
Wed, Jun. 17, 11:30 AM
- Baron Capital founder Ron Baron sees a $120B valuation on Tesla Motors (TSLA +2.9%) in five years.
- That mark compares to Tesla's current valuation of $33B and Ford's market cap of $59.5B.
- Baron is a long-time Tesla supporter and was an initial buyer of Tesla shares in the $30s.
- In the firm's last quarterly report, Baron forecast that Tesla would not be able to meet demand for Generation 3 cars for years to come.
- Shares of Tesla topped $260 for the first time this year today.
- CNBC interview with Ron Baron
Tue, Jun. 16, 7:19 AM
- Germany is expected to make a decision by the end of the year if it will provide major incentives for the electric vehicle industry to reach a goal of one million EVs on German roads by the end of the decade.
- The nation faces some pressure from an European Union mandate to help automakers cut vehicle fleet emissions to 95 grams/km by 2021.
- "Germany will have no choice but to offer further support (for EVs) although we've already done some things," noted Chancellor Angela Merkel at an EV conference.
- Related stocks: OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:DDAIF, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY.
Mon, Jun. 15, 3:30 PM
- Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.2%) plans to introduce a crossover and a sedan as part of its Model 3 initiative, chief technical officer JB Straubel disclosed over the weekend.
- The Model 3 lineup is expected to start selling in 2017 at a pricing level that makes it more appealing to a broader part of the population than the pricey Model S.
- Straubel also fired off the same Tesla long-term annual selling projection (500K by 2020) first issued by CEO Elon Musk.
- S&P Rating has something to say about Tesla Motors today in a report in which the ratings agency affirmed a B- corporate credit rating on the company.
- "In our opinion, the company could still tap additional sources of liquidity over the next 12 months to fund its ongoing growth investments," said S&P.
- Previously: Tesla takes out $500M-$750M credit line (June 12)
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