Tesla's Stock Offering Bought It Limited Time, Email Shows

Steph Willems
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Ten months. That’s how long Tesla’s CEO claims this month’s offering of $2.7 billion in stock and convertible notes bought the struggling automaker.

Hungry for cash to fuel new model development, a Shanghai Gigafactory, and an assembly line on which to build the upcoming Model Y crossover, Tesla has resorted to endless measures to trim costs, from moving to an online sales model and attempting to cull the bulk of its sales staff, to general staff reductions, to reducing build configurations. Vehicles prices seem to change by the week.

And still it’s not enough. To keep the automaker afloat, Musk told employees, the company will need to count every penny.

Thanks to an email seen by Reuters, we’re now aware of Tesla’s plan.

Claiming that the cash collected through the stock offering gives the company 10 months to reach a break-even point, Musk wrote, “That is why, going forward, all expenses of any kind anywhere in the word, including parts, salary, travel expenses, rent, literally every payment that leaves our bank account must (be) reviewed.”

The plan, Reuters notes, sounds an awful lot like last year’s plan, in which the company pored over its household budget with a fine-toothed comb in a bid to fund the ramp-up of Model 3 assembly, among other expenses. Its workforce contracted by 16 percent between last June and January of this year.

After a poor deliveries report for first-quarter 2019, Tesla followed up the bad news with an earnings report that showed a $702 million loss. That put an end to the company’s two-quarter streak of profitability.

Also this week, Tesla yet again made tweaks to its vehicle pricing. In the latest move, the company increased the price of all Model 3 variants by $400, including the $35,000 Standard Range model that briefly appeared on the company’s ordering site before disappearing into the ether. One must walk into a Tesla store or call in order to buy the base car (which, it should be noted, was hailed as an “everyman’s EV” during the Model 3’s 2016 launch).

You’ll now spend $35,400 on one, assuming the sales rep doesn’t strong arm you into a Standard Range Plus.

[Image: Tesla]

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  • SuperCarEnthusiast SuperCarEnthusiast on May 20, 2019

    The Chinese government is licking it’s chops! The had such a great time with Volvo and think what they could do with Tesla with pretty much unlimited funding to really build up Tesla! LOL!

  • Incautious Incautious on May 20, 2019

    8000 cordless drill batteries auto crash and a dope smoking Druggie CEO. I pass.

  • Marky S. I own the same C.C. XSE Hybrid AWD as in this article, but in Barcelona Red with the black roof. I love my car for its size, packaging, and the fact that it offers both AWD and Hybrid technology together. Visibility is impressive, as is its small turning circle. I consider the C.C. more of a "station wagon" by proportion, rather than an “SUV.” It is fun to drive, with zippy response and perky pick-up. It is a pleasant car to drive and ride in. It is not trying to be a “Butch Off-Roader”, or a cosseting “Luxury Cruiser.” Those are not its goals or purpose. The Corolla Cross XSE Hybrid AWD is a wonderful All-Purpose Car (O.K. – “SUV” if you must hear me say it!) with a combination of all the features it has at a reasonable price.
  • Ernesto Perez There's a line in the movie Armageddon where Bruce Willis says " is this the best idea NASA came up with?". Don't quote me. I'm asking is this the best idea NY came up with? What's next? Charging pedestrians to walk in certain parts of the city? Every year the price for everything gets more expensive and most of the services we pay for gets worse. Obviously more money is not the solution. What we need are better ideas, strategies and inventions. You want to charge drivers in the city - then put tolls on the free bridges like the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. There's always a better way or product. It's just the idiots on top think they know best.
  • Carsofchaos The bike lanes aren't even close to carrying "more than the car lanes replaced". You clearly don't drive in Midtown Manhattan on a daily like I do.
  • Carsofchaos The problem with congestion, dear friends, is not the cars per se. I drive into the city daily and the problem is this:Your average street in the area used to be 4 lanes. Now it is a bus lane, a bike lane (now you're down to two lanes), then you have delivery trucks double parking, along with the Uber and Lyft drivers also double parking. So your 4 lane avenue is now a 1.5 lane avenue. Do you now see the problem? Congestion pricing will fix none of these things....what it WILL do is fund persion plans.
  • FreedMike Many F150s I encounter are autonomously driven...and by that I mean they're driving themselves because the dips**ts at the wheel are paying attention to everything else but the road.