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  • Fri, Jun. 12, 7:16 PM
    • Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has obtained a $500M, 5-year, credit facility via 5 banks. The EV/battery maker has the option to increase the facility's size to $750M, and is also receiving a $100M letter of credit subfacility and a $40M swingline loan subfacility. (8-K filing)
    • Borrowings will carry floating interest rates. Tesla only says the funds could be used for "working capital and general corporate purposes."
    • Tesla had $1.51B in cash at the end of Q1, and $2.51B in long-term debt. The company has set a $1.5B 2015 capex budget, as it works to build the Gigafactory and expand EV production capacity.
    | Fri, Jun. 12, 7:16 PM | 344 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 9, 6:14 PM
    • Elon Musk states at Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) annual meeting Deepak Ahuja, the company's CFO since 2008, will be retiring. Ahuja will remain on board until a successor is named.
    • Musk also states Model X SUV deliveries will begin in 3-4 months. That meshes with a prior forecast for deliveries by late Q3.
    • New Model S auto-pilot features could be released to customers through a software beta by late June. Musk says he's personally testing the features "every week."
    • Tesla is down fractionally in AH trading.
    | Tue, Jun. 9, 6:14 PM | 182 Comments
  • Mon, Jun. 8, 11:28 AM
    • Tesla Motors (TSLA +3.6%) is higher after Baird issues a new report in support of its bullish view on the company.
    • The investment firm thinks tomorrow's Tesla shareholder meeting and delivery guidance from the company in early July could act as short-term catalysts, while the Model X introduction and an unveiling of the Model 3 prototype  are also likely to put a charge into shares when they come off.
    • Baird moves its price target on Tesla to $335 from $275 off a 35X multiple of 2020 EPS projections.
    | Mon, Jun. 8, 11:28 AM | 153 Comments
  • Mon, Jun. 8, 6:23 AM
    • Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) plans to send hundreds of its employees to Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) Gigafactory in Nevada from this autumn to prepare for production of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars, which it confirmed will start sometime next year.
    • Panasonic also said it expects to invest around ¥60B ($478M) in the current fiscal year through March in its automotive business, which includes the Gigafactory and a joint development project with Spanish auto parts maker Ficosa International.
    | Mon, Jun. 8, 6:23 AM | 187 Comments
  • Sat, Jun. 6, 11:50 AM
    • Funding for electric vehicle incentive programs is in jeopardy in some states, according to a breakdown by Automotive News.
    • Illinois recently suspended its Alternate Fuels Rebate Program due to fiscal reasons, while several other states appear likely to let EV funds run out with no plans to reload.
    • Industry groups such as the Electrification Coalition are pushing legislators to continue the programs until consumer awareness on EVs is elevated and infrastructure is built out.
    • Related stocks: OTCPK:NSANY, OTCPK:BAMXY, TSLA, GM, TM.
    • Previously: Electric vehicle demand steady as long-term forecasts debated (June 5)
    | Sat, Jun. 6, 11:50 AM | 129 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 5, 10:34 AM
    • Electric vehicles sales in the U.S. are tracking almost even with last year's pace after five months.
    • An increase in advertising and key price cuts on some models contributed to a M/M boost in demand in May, according to analysts.
    • There's also the ZEV factor as automakers balance EV production levels against government mandates.
    • Despite the sluggish pace of EV sales over the last year, a fresh report from Navigant Research estimates 1.1M plug-in electric vehicle sales by 2024 as more models are introduced with extended ranges and mass-market pricing.
    • TrueCar estimates several models will sell over 100K per year after the 200-mile range threshold is crossed.
    • Though the Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model 3 and General Motors (NYSE:GM) Bolt are the models given the best chance by some analysts to put out large volume numbers, Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) is also waiting in the wings with a second-gen Leaf and Infiniti EV.
    • Early demand for the BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) i3 has surprised on the upside which may reinforce the German automaker's ambition in the segment.
    • Ford (NYSE:F) and Toyota (NYSE:TM) are adopting a nimble strategy with EV production which may pay off in the long term.
    | Fri, Jun. 5, 10:34 AM | 175 Comments
  • Mon, Jun. 1, 3:25 PM
    • Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.3%) CEO Elon Musk called into CNBC this afternoon to take issue with a detailed Los Angeles Times article on the amount of subsidies the automaker has taken in or is set to earn.
    • The LA Times came up with a $4.9B figure for government support when adding all incentives for Tesla, SolarCity, and SpaceX - although Musk said the payments are spread out over 20 years and based on financial performance instead of a blank check.
    • Musk noted the incentives that Tesla receives for projects such as the Gigafactory are helpful, but also maintained they aren't necessary for Tesla's survival.
    • There's some conspiracy theory hinted by Musk on the involvement of oil & gas interests in the anti-Tesla push and the incentives paid to other automakers with fewer questions raised.
    • CNBC interview of Musk
    | Mon, Jun. 1, 3:25 PM | 268 Comments
  • Wed, May 27, 3:58 PM
    • Southern Co. (SO +1.2%) Chairman/CEO/President Thomas Fanning says the company has reached an agreement with Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) to test commercial-scale battery storage.
    • Under the TSLA agreement, SO will "examine potential applications for the energy storage technology in helping meet customers' energy needs," Fanning says at the annual shareholder's meeting.
    | Wed, May 27, 3:58 PM | 158 Comments
  • Wed, May 27, 10:40 AM
    • Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.4%) unleashed a few pop-up stores last weekend in the U.S. in an initiative that could be part of the company's plan to disrupt the traditional dealership model.
    • Early reviews on the pop-up stores that can be transported around the country on flat-bed trucks have been mostly positive.
    • Silicon Valley Business Journal even speculates pop-up stores could be the secret weapon referenced by Elon Musk earlier this year.
    • "I do have a secret weapon on the demand side that will probably start to deploy later this year for demand generation," teased Musk on a conference call.
    • Theories on the secret weapon have drifted from rentals to trade-in programs, but many Tesla watchers see the pop-up concept as the most logical on the potential to help push the company into new high-traffic areas of Europe and China.
    • Tesla Q4 earnings call transcript
    • Tesla pop-up store image from The Car Connection.
    | Wed, May 27, 10:40 AM | 184 Comments
  • Mon, May 18, 9:22 AM
    • A road test by Consumer Reports of a Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S P85D has been delayed after a broken door handle rendered the car undriveable.
    • The publication reports that doors, locks, and latches are problem areas for Model S owners.
    • Earlier this year, the Model S was selected as the best overall model by CR, although it scored only average on reliability.
    • TSLA -1.15% premarket to $245.97.
    | Mon, May 18, 9:22 AM | 104 Comments
  • Wed, May 13, 12:55 PM
    • Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.2%) plans to introduce an autonomous car-passing feature on newer Model S vehicles.
    • The driver activates the option through the use of a turning signal stalk in a legal twist that could alleviate some concerns over insurance liability.
    • Sources tell the WSJ the timing of the software roll-out isn't certain yet.
    • Safety remains a major topic amid the push in the automobile industry to roll out self-driving features.
    • Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) top self-driving car exec, Chris Urmson, addressed the issue in a blog post in which he disclosed the program has been involved in 11 minor accidents in six years of testing of the company's autonomous cars.
    • Urmson on Google's algorithm vs. human error: "With 360 degree visibility and 100% attention out in all directions at all times; our newest sensors can keep track of other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians out to a distance of nearly two football fields."
    | Wed, May 13, 12:55 PM | 131 Comments
  • Tue, May 12, 2:49 PM
    • A new bill signed by Governor Larry Hogan gives Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) the right to sell directly to the public in Maryland.
    • Alternative energy vehicle manufacturers in the state now have the right to operate up to four locations.
    • Tesla has been waging a state-by-state battle to broaden its sales network.
    | Tue, May 12, 2:49 PM | 56 Comments
  • Tue, May 12, 3:33 AM
    • Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is modifying its vehicles to fit China's national charging standards, the latest move by the automaker to boost sales in the world's largest auto market.
    • Sales have been hampered by "range anxiety," or the fear of running out of electricity while on the road, a challenge exacerbated by the incompatibility of Tesla's vehicles to the charging facilities built by China's State Grid.
    | Tue, May 12, 3:33 AM | 128 Comments
  • Sat, May 9, 10:55 AM
    | Sat, May 9, 10:55 AM | 61 Comments
  • Sat, May 9, 8:15 AM
    • Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) new batteries have generated $800M in potential revenue for the company in just the first few days of reservations since their April 30 introduction, according to Bloomberg's calculations.
    • If the battery reservations actually turn into revenue, it would be almost as much as the company took in from car sales in the entire Q1; demand is "crazy off-the-hook," CEO Elon Musk said during the Wednesday earnings call.
    • But the $800M figure may be way optimistic: TSLA’s Powerwall home batteries can be reserved online, years in advance, with no money down and no commitment to buy, and at least some of the early demand will ease once the excitement fades and the reality of a $3K-$3.5K purchase settles in.
    • The uncertainty creates a difficult valuation problem for Wall Street; analysts at Baird and Morgan Stanley do not yet include the battery business in their TSLA valuation, and J.P. Morgan places a $1.9B valuation but admits that “it is still quite early to estimate with a good degree of accuracy,” Bloomberg says.
    | Sat, May 9, 8:15 AM | 84 Comments
  • Fri, May 8, 10:07 AM
    • General Motors (GM +0.8%) says it expects to miss a sales target of having 500K electric vehicles on the road by 2017.
    • Lower gas prices and an increase in EV competition are cited as factors by the Detroit heavyweight.
    • The automaker disclosed in its 2014 sustainability report that there was 180,834 GM EVs on the road in the U.S. last year.
    • The 500K mark is a little bit of a talking point in the auto industry with Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.7%) CEO Elon Musk also throwing out the number as an annual sales target by 2020.
    • All indications from GM have been that development on the new electric Chevy Bolt is on schedule.
    • Some see the Tesla Model 3 vs. the Chevy Bolt battle as a winner-take-all, while others liken it to the Honda Civic/Accord vs. Toyota Camry/Corolla slicing up of a large mass-market pie.
    | Fri, May 8, 10:07 AM | 101 Comments
Company Description
Tesla Motors Inc designs, develops, manufactures and sells high-performance fully electric vehicles and electric vehicle powertrain components.