Yesterday, 3:59 AM
- "We have spoken to our customer, who confirmed that Autopilot was functioning properly and that his use of Autopilot was unrelated to the accident," Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) declared, after it fell under the spotlight again following a collision in Germany.
- Tesla's Autopilot, introduced last October, has been the focus of intense scrutiny since it was revealed in July that a Model S driver was killed while using the technology in Florida.
Thu, Sep. 29, 11:07 AM
- Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.9%) CEO Elon Musk effectively ended talk that the company will use discounting to achieve sales targets.
- An e-mail sent to employees instructed them to follow the existing Tesla policy of holding back on negotiating and cutting deals.
- "There can never - and I mean never - be a discount on a new car coming out of the factory in pristine condition, where there is no underlying rationale," reads the Musk missive.
- The development takes much of the sting out of criticism levied yesterday by Pacific Crest Securities on the discounting issue. Only a small number of cars were actually discounted, according to the EV automaker.
Wed, Sep. 28, 9:25 PM
- Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) appears to be using "aggressive" discounting mechanisms to meet its auto delivery goals for Q3 and the full year, which calls long-term demand into question, Pacific Crest Securities analyst Brad Erickson warns.
- Erickson says his conversations with 20 TSLA U.S. sales centers indicate Q3 deliveries should come in "relatively in-line" with his 22K estimate but that the company appears to be "using various discounting mechanisms" to hit its 2016 targets.
- The analyst says TSLA has been employing a "deeper discounting formula to drive sales of inventory models," with all promotional offers expiring on the last day of the quarter.
- Erickson also found that the lower-end version of the Model S is outselling the higher-end model, which could dilute profit.
- TSLA's "tactics to improve optics in the face of slowing demand" keep the analyst cautious on the shares, which he rates as Sector Weight.
Tue, Sep. 27, 10:50 AM
- Global Equities Research updates on the progress of construction at the Tesla Motors (TSLA -1.6%) factory located in Fremont, California.
- The investment firm says work on the expansion of the manufacturing site is running at full tilt and estimates it will double the total square footage of the plant.
- As far as output, Global Equities says 1M auto units a year will be possible from the Fremont property. The Fremont variable cuts right into the debate if Tesla is constrained by supply or demand.
- Global Equities is a long-time Tesla proponent (Overweight/$385 PT).
Mon, Sep. 26, 6:48 PM
- Noting the substantial spread between SolarCity's (NASDAQ:SCTY) share price and Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) acquisition price, Baird analyst Ben Kallo sees a short-term trading opportunity in SCTY and predicts with an 80% probability that the merger of the two companies occurs.
- Kallo also thinks SCTY’s recent cash equity sale and positive regulatory developments in Nevada have helped to reduce concerns over the company’s ability to monetize its assets and worries that additional states may use Nevada as a precedent for changes in net metering programs.
- For the long term, however, Kallo keeps a Neutral rating and $25 price target on SCTY.
Mon, Sep. 26, 10:15 AM
- Keep an eye out next week for specifics on a settlement between Tesla Motors (TSLA +1.4%) and Hoerbiger Automotive struck in mediation, advises SA contributor Montana Skeptic in a freshly-posted article.
- Hoerbiger Automotive was tasked with making the hydraulics for the much-discussed falcon wing doors on the Model X before the relationship went sour.
- Settlement terms will be revealed on October 4, which could also be the same day that Tesla reveals Q3 delivery numbers.
Thu, Sep. 22, 2:49 PM
- Tesla Motors (TSLA +0.8%) aims to show off its new solar power/battery storage/EV charging system on October 28, according to CEO Elon Musk.
- The integrated product features a first-of-its-kind solar roof, along with the next-gen Powerwall and an updated EV charger.
- The Tesla Master Plan Part Deux calls for "stunning" solar roofs with seamless battery storage integration.
- Shareholders of Tesla and SolarCity (SCTY +2.7%) are expected to vote on the merger some time in October.
Thu, Sep. 22, 12:08 PM
- Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.4%) files a lawsuit against the state of Michigan over its ban of direct sales to consumers.
- The full complaint (.pdf) names Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, and Attorney General Bill Schuette as defendants.
- Currently, Tesla has stores in 23 U.S. states.
Wed, Sep. 21, 10:58 AM
- Elon Musk says the software update being pushed out by Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.8%) tonight will be a "major overhaul" on nearly every level. V8.0 will roll out gradually to cover the various models and configurations of Tesla's fleet. The company believes the increased use of radars by Autopilot will improve the accuracy of the autonomous add-on.
- In an interesting safety feature with kids and pets in mind, an always-on temperature control will keep the cabin temperature below 105 degrees Fahrenheit without burning through too much battery power.
- Tesla watchers may also be interested in a breaking Financial Times report indicating that Apple is interested in a takeover or investment in British supercar maker McLaren Technology Group. The end game of Project Titan has been a talking in evaluating future Tesla competitors. Shares of TSLA have moved lower since the FT story broke.
Tue, Sep. 20, 2:45 PM
- Tesla Motors (TSLA -0.9%) released a software update to fix a vulnerability highlighted this week by some Chinese white hat hackers. The Keen Security Lab team infiltrated the control system of a Model S.
- The company's over-the-air security update system allowed it to respond quicker than other automakers hacked in the past.
- Keen Security Lab's hacking report
Tue, Sep. 20, 8:30 AM
- General Motors (NYSE:GM) continues to release crucial details on its all-electric Chevrolet Bolt ($37,495 MSRP, 238 miles driving range), although it's still unclear the extent of the EV roll-out this year.
- GM says it's still on track for a "late 2016" roll-out at "select dealerships" in the U.S. Electrek notes this could indicate the Bolt will only be introduced in ZEV states initially.
- Whether or not the Bolt is an all-in bet by GM or a proof-of-life concept car could be a key point for Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) as its enters the mass market with the Model 3. Some analysts think Bolt production will only be around 30K units in the early stages which would pale in comparison to Tesla's targets.
- Previously: Positive reviews for the Chevy Bolt as analysts ponder demand (Sept. 16)
Tue, Sep. 20, 2:30 AM
- In its most comprehensive statement yet on autonomous vehicles, the Obama administration said it would consider seeking the power to approve technology for self-driving cars and said U.S. states should not issue separate rules.
- The U.S. Transportation Department also included a 15-point set of "safety assessment" guidelines, covering issues like cybersecurity, black box recordings and how a vehicle would deal with potential ethical conundrums.
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Mon, Sep. 19, 12:00 PM
- Tesla Motors (TSLA +1%) says a series of lawsuits challenging the acquisition of SolarCity (SCTY -1.5%) could delay the closing of the deal.
- The four separate legal challenges weren't entirely unanticipated, but the company notes in its filing that the potential for an injunction blocking forward motion on the deal is now in the mix.
- SEC Form S-4/A
Fri, Sep. 16, 11:33 AM
- Following Tesla's assertion that Mobileye (MBLY -1%), in regard to the former's internal computer vision technology efforts, "attempted to force Tesla to discontinue this development, pay them more and use their products in future hardware," a formal statement by Mobileye has been issued to repudiate the accusations.
- Excerpt: "It has long been Mobileye's position that Tesla's Autopilot should not be allowed to operate hands-free without proper and substantial technological restrictions and limitations. In communications dating back to May 2015 between Mobileye Chairman and Tesla's CEO, Mobileye expressed safety concerns regarding the use of Autopilot hands-free. After a subsequent face to face meeting, Tesla's CEO confirmed that activation of Autopilot would be "hands on." Despite this confirmation, Autopilot was rolled out in late 2015 with a hands-free activation mode. Mobileye has made substantial efforts since then to take more control on how this project can be steered to a proper functional safety system."
- Further: "Mobileye's deeply held view is that the long-term potential for vehicle automation to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities significantly is too important to risk consumer and regulatory confusion or to create an environment of mistrust that puts in jeopardy technological advances that can save lives."
- Mobileye instigated the conflict earlier this week with the declaration Tesla (TSLA +1.2%) was “pushing the envelope in terms of safety” and maintains it is the reason the two severed ties back in July.
Fri, Sep. 16, 2:38 AM
- The fingerpointing continues... Once Mobileye (NYSE:MBLY) learned Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) would be using its own vision system in upcoming versions of Autopilot, it "attempted to force Tesla to discontinue this development, pay them more and use their products in future hardware," according to a spokeswoman, who said that was the reason for their split back in July.
- Tesla's comments came a day after Mobileye told Reuters the company had broken ties because Autopilot was "pushing the envelope in terms of safety."
Thu, Sep. 15, 6:28 PM
- Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) request for a new dealership license to sell its all-electric vehicles in Michigan is rejected by state officials.
- The license was denied because the company’s business model of selling its vehicles directly to consumers is illegal under Michigan law, according to a final order released today.
- The move indicates that the home state for Ford (NYSE:F) and GM will stick to its ban on selling new cars directly to consumers.