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Tesla posted a revenue decrease of $26.7 million from $58.9 million a year earlier

Tesla may have a winner on its hands with the Model S' recent release, but the electric vehicle (EV) company still reported financial losses for Q2 2012.

For the second quarter, Tesla posted a revenue decrease of $26.7 million from $58.9 million a year earlier. It also reported losses for the quarter of $105.6 million (89 cents per share) from $58.9 million (53 cents per share) last year.

Tesla is in transition mode at the moment. It's currently going from only selling a few thousand of its Roadster battery electric vehicle sports car, which goes for about $109,000, to now selling its first full production vehicle, the Model S.

The Model S was initially announced three years ago, and finally shipped June 22. The Model S comes in three different versions, with 40 kWh, 60 kWh or 85 kWh battery packs. The lower-end 40 kWh base model will sell for $57,400 while the higher-end model will sell for $105,400. The Model S is eligible for the $7,500 federal electric tax credit as well.

It was recently reported that the 85 kWh model could earn a 265-mile driving range window sticker rating from the EPA, which would put the Model S far ahead of the electric competition.

The Model S has proved to be quite popular with Tesla having 10,000 reservations for the vehicle before it shipped. Having the Model S onboard will definitely help Tesla as it moves toward becoming profitable. Up until now, it has reported losses of over $500 million since 2009.

"We are maintaining our revenue guidance of $560 million and $600 million and our Model S volume projection of 5,000 units for 2012," said Tesla in a letter to shareholders. "We expect to deliver approximately 500 vehicles to customers in Q3 with the balance delivered in Q4."

The next step on Tesla's list is to build its Model X crossover late next year.

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RE: well
By Dug on 7/27/2012 5:48:20 PM , Rating: 3
Where do you live? A lot of people have been waiting for a luxury all electric car that doesn't suck. 10,000 pre orders for a car people have never driven is very good. The signature series is already sold out. They plan to increase to 30k production in 2013 because of demand.

The Volt is failing because there is no luxury, performance sucks, styling is maybe ok. A typical GM car.

When you can get 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and look good doing it, then the fun factor kicks in. And people line up for that. Read some reviews from actual drivers on how well it performs.

As far as pricing goes, they aren't any different than Infiniti, Lexus, Acura, BMW, Mercedes, etc.

And when has Tesla been bailed out? They received the same loan anyone else could get. They received $465 million. Ford received $5.9 billion! Musk said he would personally pay it back if they did fail. They are exactly where they expected to be at this time, even beating analysts.
How do you think any company gets going, its all through investments, whether government, public, or private sectors.

It the first American car that people from all over are excited about.

RE: well
By Ringold on 7/28/2012 3:07:26 PM , Rating: 2
I love this issue. It's forcing you guys to take both sides of an argument.

On the one hand, you deny it's failing in the market place, even though they and hybrids, which the other high-brow snob above hung his hat on, make up a tiny, tiny portion of global sales. Liberals point to Porches and Lambo's, which receive no comparable tax subsidies federally, as comparable brands.

And yet on the other, despite this success, you guys generally say it needs not just the level of support it already gets, but perhaps even more subsidies. Why, then, if its so successful and obviously the future? Why help Musk get even richer since you think it's so obvious?

Not sure why liberals don't think anything at all can ever happen unless the government forces it. Battery technology will continue to push on even if this market collapses from being uncompetitive now simply because batteries are so widely used in other important (and unsubsidized) markets. Yes, I even agree, it's the future, but it doesn't need governments help.

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