Elon Musk reportedly says Tesla has 10 months to break even, outlines 'hardcore' cost-cutting...

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After burning cash at an alarming rate and struggling to return to profitability, electric carmaker Tesla recently decided to take on $2 billion in debt to pad out its frighteningly-low cash reserves. Unfortunately, that cash infusion is far from a permanent fix -- at best, it could buy the company some much-needed time to increase revenue, or at least slow the rate at which it sheds money.

Courtesy of a report from Electrek, we now know precisely how much time Tesla has before it reaches the make or break point: 10 months. This information comes from an email sent from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to staff.

Referencing Tesla's current cash reserves (which allegedly sit at around $2.2 billion -- that number doesn't appear to factor in recent loans), Musk reportedly said the following: "This is a lot of money, but actually only gives us about 10 months at the Q1 burn rate to achieve breakeven!"

Though Electrek has not posted the email in full, it did publish a few other notable quotes, such as one where Musk states that "every expenditure" at Tesla must be examined, "no matter how small," for the company to right the ship. As part of this examination, the CEO says that Tesla CFO Zach Kirkhorn will personally be reviewing "every page" of outgoing payments, while Musk will do the same for every tenth page.

Musk acknowledges that these measures are extreme. "This is hardcore, but it is the only way for Tesla to become financially sustainable and succeed in our goal of helping make the world environmentally sustainable," Electrek quotes.

Time will tell whether or not Musk's micromanagement will lead to the success Tesla desperately needs, but the CEO has never been one to give up when the going gets tough.

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Nocturne

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Well I think this is definitely the point at which we will see if Tesla will make it or not, I wouldn't know if this is good or bad someone like Toyota might be able to get EVs with the tech portfolio close to being affordable for normal folks, but only time will tell how this will unfold.
 
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yRaz

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Well I think this is definitely the point at which we will see if Tesla will make it or not, I wouldn't know if this is good or bad someone like Toyota might be able to get EVs with the tech portfolio close to being affordable for normal folks, but only time will tell how this will unfold.
The cost of EVs is governed mostly by the price of lithium, other manufacturers are having the same issue.
 

Lounds

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Meanwhile VW is setting up their ID line and they'll make tons of profit because they know how build a car plant and run it efficiently.
 
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p51d007

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If you read Musk's bio, he pretty much does "startups", then ends up selling them for big $$$$
Apparently, no one really wants this plug in, wait 3-4 hours for a recharge battery powered vehicles.
Not to mention he's WAY behind on delivery, and, some reports the vehicles are not quality built.
Then, there is the range. If I were even to THINK about one of these, it would have to have a 450
mile range on a charge, quick recharge (less than an hour, say while having lunch, or a break while
driving) and would have to have that range in ALL weather types, with all options available. Heat,
AC, stereo, lights, windows up or down.
 

captaincranky

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That's why they've made a partnership with a company that does. They said let the battery people do what they're good at and let us do what we're good at.
That's not exactly what happened. Musk managed to talk Panasonic out of enough money to build >HIS< "gigafactory".

And considering Musk has said Tesla has maybe 10 months left", they're not that good at building cars either.

But then considering I'm only the most heinous of Musk pundits at this site, take that FWIW..

So why don't you look up the world's population, the world's median income, and then tell us exactly how building $75,000 a pop Tesla roadsters, is going to "lead us on a path away from dependence on fossil fuels and save the planet".

As for the rest of you, did any of you know that stars can't fuse lithium, boron, or beryllium"?

The sequence goes hydrogen, helium, and then carbon.

Which would help to explain a lithium shortage, but not the helium shortage we're experiencing now..
 
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captaincranky

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If you read Musk's bio, he pretty much does "startups", then ends up selling them for big $$$$
Apparently, no one really wants this plug in, wait 3-4 hours for a recharge battery powered vehicles.
Not to mention he's WAY behind on delivery, and, some reports the vehicles are not quality built.
Then, there is the range. If I were even to THINK about one of these, it would have to have a 450
mile range on a charge, quick recharge (less than an hour, say while having lunch, or a break while
driving) and would have to have that range in ALL weather types, with all options available. Heat,
AC, stereo, lights, windows up or down.
Wow, you're enough to give some poor electric car salesman PTSD. :eek: :laughing:
 
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ghostf1re

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It's another one of his marketing stunts geared to get people buying .... nothing more. After the end he'll have a new story why they are sticking around .....
Why would anyone want to buy a car from them now they they see there's a timeline on whether this company is going to make it or not. That's too much of a gamble for something like a vehicle.
 
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captaincranky

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Why would anyone want to buy a car from them now they they see there's a timeline on whether this company is going to make it or not. That's too much of a gamble for something like a vehicle.
See, Musk's "plan B", is most likely to want someone to buy him out. He'll obviously suffer losses if the stock drops, but he'll still walk away with hundreds of millions, if not billions. Then he'll simply move on, and find a new way to snooker people into thinking he's going to save the world. And...., he'll have a huge sob story about how, "the big automakers conspired against him", to add to his sales patter. (He has been riding that horse for quite a while, but now it would be louder and whinier).
 
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HyPeroxya

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His battery company is seperate from the Car company, and Tesla only uses his batterys. So, a gtd income there.. Whats to stop him selling off part of the company , to russia(NO!) Suadia(possibly) Abu Dbahi (maybe) or Norwegian Sovereign Fund(eco minded). Turkey or KIA ,Hyundai all could be interested. Its just giving up 100% control, which allows him to take the risky decisions, nimble , that stops him.
 
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captaincranky

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His battery company is seperate from the Car company, and Tesla only uses his batterys. So, a gtd income there.. Whats to stop him selling off part of the company , to russia(NO!) Suadia(possibly) Abu Dbahi (maybe) or Norwegian Sovereign Fund(eco minded). Turkey or KIA ,Hyundai all could be interested. Its just giving up 100% control, which allows him to take the risky decisions, nimble , that stops him.
Well, Musk has been chafing at the bit to move to China. In fact, a couple of months ago, he said he'd be starting a Tesla factory there.

He also said, "I'll be keeping the American factory open". But of course times changes, situations change, and if he can declare the American factory "unprofitable", then he just shuts it down, and moves to China.

After all, it wasn't his fault he couldn't ramp up production enough to satisfy demand, it was that damned OSHA, and those lazy, needy, whiny, American workers, which did him in.

So, whatever happens, you can be sure he'll walk through sh!t, and lie his way to a rosy smelling outcome.