As well as the losses, sales and deliveries were lower than predicted; Gigafactory 1 is now 14% complete

Tesla reported losses of £220 million for the second quarter of 2016, continuing a negative trend that’s continued for more than three years.

The electric car maker built and delivered 14,402 cars between April and June of this year, which was 2598 below its target for the period. Sales amounted to close to £998m, which was also down on market predictions.

Despite missing delivery targets for the second quarter in a row, Tesla said it would be able meet future targets, including delivering 50,000 Model Xs (pictured above) and Model Ss before the end of 2016, because production has now been ramped up significantly.

It said evidence for this promise came with the fact that nearly half of its production for the previous quarter came in the period’s final month.

Meanwhile, sales were up by 67% on the year before. The period was also a record-breaking one for Tesla; its newly unveiled Model 3 received an unprecedented amount of orders, which insiders say amounts to nearly half a million units.

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Tesla’s recently opened Gigafactory 1 is only 14% complete, but the car maker says it will help to significantly increase production efficiency and reduce the cost of its batteries.

All of Tesla's vehicles will have parts made in the Gigafactory; primarily the upcoming Model 3, but also the current Model S and Model X, as well as planned future models including an electric cargo van, a Model Y compact SUV and pick-up truck.

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4 August 2016
So to summarise, Tesla has failed to meet every single piece of quarterly guidance that it's given.

Remind me why people are valuing the company on the basis of what it says it can achieve in 24 months'time?

4 August 2016
The Doctor wrote:

So to summarise, Tesla has failed to meet every single piece of quarterly guidance that it's given.

Remind me why people are valuing the company on the basis of what it says it can achieve in 24 months'time?

Maybe because of what it's achieved in the previous 24 months.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

4 August 2016
xxxx wrote:

Maybe because of what it's achieved in the previous 24 months.

Increasing production by over 100% is impressive. Increasing GAAP losses by nearly 500%, less so. Selling more cars (with the increased SG&A costs associated with that) isn't such a great idea if you appear to be losing money on every vehicles.

4 August 2016
The Doctor wrote:
xxxx wrote:

Maybe because of what it's achieved in the previous 24 months.

Increasing production by over 100% is impressive. Increasing GAAP losses by nearly 500%, less so. Selling more cars (with the increased SG&A costs associated with that) isn't such a great idea if you appear to be losing money on every vehicles.

Didn't do Fiat, Renault, Peuguot, Citroen, Ford, GM, Chrysler any harm in the past.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

4 August 2016
With an annual global sale less than 100G Tesla squares up rather well with the 100 year old motoring giants. Imagine what happens once the Giga Factory is running helping Tesla to produce half a million cars a year. Crazy!

4 August 2016
fadyady wrote:

Imagine what happens once the Giga Factory is running helping Tesla to produce half a million cars a year. Crazy!

They'll still only be making 5% of Toyota or VW's annual production.

4 August 2016
The Doctor wrote:
fadyady wrote:

Imagine what happens once the Giga Factory is running helping Tesla to produce half a million cars a year. Crazy!

They'll still only be making 5% of Toyota or VW's annual production.

They producing cars around 5 times the value of a typical Toyota and have become what they are today in 10 years, an eighth of the time of VW.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

4 August 2016
Am surprised that Tesla's next model isn't a "Model 1" - While some people still have range anxiety doing long distances, a Model 1 city car would be a perfect fit for an EV manufacturer.

5 August 2016
"They producing cars around 5 times the value of a typical Toyota and have become what they are today in 10 years, an eighth of the time of VW."

The first part of the statement is understandable, but the second half of that makes no sense, does VW lose every quarter for 3 years in a row.. does VW use customer deposit as working capital ? is that an acheivement to be proud of ?
At this rate Tesla dererves to be bought out at a fraction of all its investments taken, because it's unsustainable..

5 August 2016
The whole Tesla set-up is a scam to get government funding, which will eventually be found to have mysteriously disappeared into a small number of backpockets, for cars which will never do what they are claimed to be going to do. I wouldn't be surprised if organized crime is involved also.

Lefties dreamed up the idea of electric cars to gain control over the movement of the population, by replacing petrol engines with something which doesn't work. Musk is a dodgy shyster, taking advantage of the situation to tout schemes to attract investment, but which will never come to fruition.

Even the name, Tesla, is an anagram of steal.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

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