Tesla Model S Quarter 1 Sales Beat Target by Exceeding 4,750 Units; Automaker Reports Full Profitability


Tesla Model S Lined Up and Ready for Delivery

Tesla Model S Lined Up and Ready for Delivery

Tesla Motors seems to be making all the right moves these days and its actions are paying off.

Faster, Faster, We've Got Promises To Fulfill...and We Did

Faster, Faster, We’ve Got Promises To Fulfill…and We Did by Beating Our Own Mark

Late last night, Tesla announced that its target of selling 4,500 Model S electric sedans in the first quarter of 2013 had been shattered.  Tesla will amend its Q1 (January 1 through March 31) statement to reflect that instead of selling 4,500 units, the actual Model S sales number for Q1 exceeds 4,750 units.

Tesla added that it will amend “its Q1 guidance to full profitability, both GAAP and non-GAAP.”

Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO, had this to say of Tesla’s acheivement:

“I am incredibly proud of the Tesla team for their outstanding work. There have been many car startups over the past several decades, but profitability is what makes a company real. Tesla is here to stay and keep fighting for the electric car revolution.  I would also like to thank our customers for their passionate support of the company and the car. Without them, we would not be here.”

Tesla also announced some changes to the 60 kWh Model S, as well as the discontinuation of the 40 kWh, entry level sedan (details on those stories here).

Does the market like the news of higher production, and profitability?  You bet!   Shares closed up almost 16% at $43.93.  (Get a real-time quote here)

Remember, Tesla CEO also has an “exciting announcement” coming for us all tomorrow.

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4 Comments on "Tesla Model S Quarter 1 Sales Beat Target by Exceeding 4,750 Units; Automaker Reports Full Profitability"

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Good for Tesla! They’ve worked very hard and it’s nice to see them realizing some reward for their effort. Onward and upward!

As for the discontinuation of the 40 kw battery option, I think that move made a lot of sense. Tesla stands to gain more on the larger battery cars anyway.

Again congratulations to folks at Tesla.


I see the stock is up 18% today.


Wow, that’s impressive. Now I’m REALLY excited for tomorrow’s announcement!


The announcement has a lot of intrigue but most held-information like this is anti-climactic. Hopefully this is somewhat exciting. Maybe at least a real announcement of sales rather than waiting for the 10-Q in a month or more. Maybe something like Elon will buy 10x or 20x the number of shares back for each car sold every month (putting his money where his mouth is).