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    Re: Tesla in Financial Difficulties?

    yes they are close to declaring bankrupcy

    Re: Tesla in Financial Difficulties?

    sign of the times....

    Re: Tesla in Financial Difficulties?

    Wasn't there a waiting list for the car?

    Re: Tesla in Financial Difficulties?

    Can't say I didn't expect this.

    I'm sure quite a few of these small scale manufacturers will be declaring bankruptcy in the coming months. After all, most of their target clientelle are either bankrupt themselves, or cutting back.

    Re: Tesla in Financial Difficulties?

    Here's an e-mail I received this morning:

    Quote:
    Extraordinary Times Require Focus

    These are extraordinary times. The global financial system has gone through the worst crisis since the Great Depression, and the effects are only beginning to wind their way through every facet of the economy. It's not an understatement to say that nearly every business will be impacted by what has unfolded in the past weeks, and this is true for Silicon Valley as well.

    At Tesla, we have decided that the wise course of action is to focus on our two revenue producing business lines - the Roadster and powertrain sales to other car companies. In the Roadster, Tesla has a unique product with a large order book that continues to grow, despite softness in the automobile sector. Our powertrain business is profitable today and is also growing rapidly.

    Our goal as a company is to be cash-flow positive within six to nine months. To do so, we must continue to ramp up our production rate, improve Roadster contribution margin and reduce operating expenses. At the same time, we must maintain high production quality and excellent customer service.

    For this critical phase of the company, the scope of my role at Tesla will expand from executive chairman and product architect to CEO. With SpaceX now having reached orbit and about to enter its third year of profitability, I can afford to increase time allocated to Tesla. Ze'ev Drori, who has made extraordinary progress with the company over the last year as CEO, will stay on the board of directors as vice-chairman and continue to help Tesla make the right decisions. It has been and will continue to be a pleasure and an honor working with Ze'ev.

    Special Forces Philosophy and Consolidation of Operations

    One of the steps I will be taking is raising the performance bar at Tesla to a very high level, which will result in a modest reduction in near term headcount. To be clear, this doesn't mean that the people that depart Tesla for this reason wouldn't be considered good performers at most companies - almost all would. However, I believe Tesla must adhere more closely to a special forces philosophy at this stage of its life if we aspire to become one of the great car companies of the 21st century.

    There will also be some headcount reduction due to consolidation of operations. In anticipation of moving vehicle engineering to our new HQ in San Jose, we are ramping down and will close our Rochester Hills office near Detroit. Good communication, tightly knit engineering and a common company culture are of paramount importance as Tesla grows.

    What Does This Mean for the Model S?

    Tesla is absolutely committed to development of our next generation vehicle, to be unveiled early next year. However, we are going to reduce activity on detailed production engineering, tooling and commitments to suppliers until our Department of Energy loan guarantee becomes effective.

    The DOE loan guarantee will cover most of the Model S program at a very low cost of capital compared with raising equity financing in what could quaintly be described as a "bear market." The loan funding can only be drawn down after we receive environmental approval for our new 89-acre consolidated headquarters in the city of San Jose. If all goes reasonably well, we will receive that approval in Q2 next year.

    The net result will be a delay in start of production of the Model S of roughly six months to mid-2011. On the plus side, we will spend the extra time refining the vehicle design and powertrain technology, so the car will end up being slightly better.

    Financing

    The Tesla investors and I are unequivocally dedicated to ensuring the success of Tesla. Please know that I personally stand behind delivering a product that you will love and continuing to develop new models in the future. We are not far from being cash flow positive, but, even if that threshold ends up being further than expected, I will do whatever is needed to ensure that Tesla has more than sufficient capital to get there.

    I'd like to thank you, as a loyal customer of Tesla that has stood by us through thick and thin. Beyond delivering a great Roadster, Tesla will find other ways to reward that loyalty, including among other things an exclusive preview of our upcoming Model S sedan.

    (contact details removed)

    Elon Musk



    I think they are pretty far from insolvency.

    And, Moogle, I am not near to bankrupt as I await delivery of my Roadster, either. Perhaps you were referring to Green Party hedge fund owners.

    Re: Tesla in Financial Difficulties?

    W8MM

    This article might interest you then, it claims the car is not energy efficient whilst at a standstill and has implications for the battery/etc.

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/16/tesla-co-founder-says-car-wastes-energy-while-parked/

    http://teslafounders.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/wasting-energy-like-two-really-nice-refrigerators/

    Re: Tesla in Financial Difficulties?

    everything sounds good, congrats to them, i hope they prosper and can bring an economy version to market.

    Maybe someday they will be 1 of the big 3.


    video of ceo today;

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=903281792&play=1

    Re: Tesla in Financial Difficulties?

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    Moogle said:
    W8MM

    This article might interest you then, it claims the car is not energy efficient whilst at a standstill and has implications for the battery/etc.

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/16/tesla-co-founder-says-car-wastes-energy-while-parked/

    http://teslafounders.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/wasting-energy-like-two-really-nice-refrigerators/


    I don't think the extra $100 worth of electricity wasted while sitting on an annualized basis will be a big impact for a $100,000 car which still gets over 20 miles per $1 of charging.
    It's still going to be an equation of how cheaply can the batteries be manufactured and how many charge/discharge cycles will they handle. This would apply to the future batteries; as far as the current batch is concerned, well someone needs to be an early adopter and we should all say thank you!

    Re: Tesla in Financial Difficulties?

    Looks like Tesla may have a future also as a consulting firm, reminding me strangely, of Lotus:

    http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/235515/

     
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