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Old 07-18-2018, 07:57 PM   #462 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by JSH View Post
Tesla is running out of orders for the profitable version of the car. Instead they have hundreds of thousands of people that want to buy the loss leader. Musk wants Tesla to show a profit in the 4th quarter so he simply isn't fulfilling orders for the base model. Tesla also doesn't have the cash on hand to sell cars at a loss anymore.
It seems battery capacity is the easiest way to turn a profit, as Tesla marks them up about 100% over their cost to build. Musk said that once production hit a certain throughput the base model would be profitable, and I would assume that time is fast approaching. It certainly isn't profitable to idle expensive production equipment, so they better start churning out standard range models soon.
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