Tesla facing criminal investigation over Model 3 production, report says

28 October, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • Tesla finally posts a profit

But Tesla doesn't want to build another factory. One of the reasons it will have only one visual display is to make manufacturing easier and further reduce the amount of wiring used in the vehicle. "The $35,000 Model 3 remains a fantasy, and with the full tax credit for that vehicle now off the table, it will be interesting to see how many buyers are willing to keep waiting for it to be a reality". While Tesla gets criticized when it is delayed in reaching a goal, it should not be forgotten that Tesla has achieved many goals that were doubted by most.

For months critics have been warning that cash flow problems threatened the company's survival.

The company's shares settled after the markets opened but were still up by about 6% the next morning. But even investors who've been among the most vocally bearish about the company have started to change their view as Musk lures away buyers of Camry and 3-Series sedans.

Tesla's full letter to shareholders can be read over here.

Musk told analysts that Tesla was not starving development of new vehicles to feed profitability.

"I think we can actually be positive cash flow and profitable for all quarters going forward, leaving aside quarters where we may need to do a significant repayment, for example in Q1 next year". Tesla last closed above this level on August 24. And the company experienced profits, however small, during each of these time periods as well. Tesla is now building a factory in China, which will feature production lines for two models - likely the Model 3 and Model Y - to be sold in that country.

Tesla officials "were transparent about how hard it would be" to ramp up Model 3 production, said spokesman Kamran Mumtaz. I wrote as much back in and again in.


The electric vehicle maker posted a net income of $311.5 million ($1.75 per share) during the quarter ended on September 30th, which compares with a loss of $619.4 million ($3.70 per share) in the year-ago quarter.

CNBC added that Tesla's share price had risen by 12% following publication of its financial results.

"In fact, we delivered more cars in this quarter than we did in all of 2016, in a single quarter", continued Musk.

The Model 3 would be available in Australia and the United Kingdom in about the middle of next year, he said yesterday. We can expect Tesla to ramp up spending for one or more of these products in the next few months, which will create a drag on free cash flow. The luxury Model S outsold Mercedes. A Shanghai plant is the first in line, with expected production scheduled for late 2019 or early 2020. If the Model S or the Model 3 had failed, Tesla really would have been at risk of bankruptcy.

Tesla's CEO remains confident regardless.

Model 3 cars start about $50,000, despite a Tesla goal of making an electric vehicle priced for the masses.

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