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The company hopes to reach the goal of building 800 Model S' per week by late 2014

Tesla Motors set a goal to build 400 Model S sedans per week, but in Tesla-like fashion, the automaker has already blown past that number. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk reported that Tesla is now producing over 400 Tesla Model S' a week without giving an exact number. He added that Tesla's Fremont, Calif. factory has 3,000 employees, which consists of about 2,000 assembly workers.

"We're above 400 a week at the current manpower, and not trivially above it," said Musk.

Musk estimates that his company will sell between 20,000 and 21,000 Model S' this year. He also mentioned that he hopes to reach the goal of building 800 Model S' per week by late 2014. 

It seems like there's nothing Tesla can't do. In May, Tesla repaid its $465 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nine years earlier than expected from the original 2022 due date. 

Just last month, the automaker won a huge victory in the battle against auto dealers when a North Carolina House committee denied a bill that would block Tesla from being able to sell its vehicles directly to the public. 

Tesla was also successful in other states, such as New York, where a pair of bills (referred to as A07844 in the Assembly and S05725) tried to make it illegal to license -- or even renew licenses -- for all Tesla Stores within New York state borders. The bills were killed off last month as well. 

For Q1 2013, Tesla reported a net income of $11.2 million (a huge increase from an $89.9 million loss in the year-ago quarter). Excluding certain items, Tesla's profit came in at 12 cents a share, which was a boost from a loss of 76 cents a share in Q1 2012. Analysts expected a profit of about 4 cents a share. Revenue also saw a huge year-over-year boost, totaling $562 million (up from $30.2 million in the year-ago quarter). 

Tesla hasn't mentioned when it will release second-quarter results.

Source: Automotive News

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RE: Seen a surge of them
By greenchinesepuck on 7/11/2013 5:45:31 PM , Rating: 2
I also see Nissan Leafs quite often here in Seattle, but Tesla S is the most beautiful of them all for sure. Seems like EVs are picking pace here in the Northwest. I was like considering getting 2011 Leaf in top trim for 18k slightly used but decided to pass, too expensive IMHO. But a lot of people drive them in the city, makes total sense economically

RE: Seen a surge of them
By Samus on 7/11/2013 11:45:51 PM , Rating: 2
I've seen a lot more Leaf's and Model S's for sure here in Chicago.

Strangely, I've only ever seen 3 different Volts :(

But the market Tesla currently targets must be nipping at Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, who all sell entry-level cars around the same price as the entry level Model S.

I think the release of even lower end models from the German trio has a lot to do with Tesla (even BMW is releasing an EV next year) and other manufactures, particularly Ford, once again becoming competitive in the luxury segment at a "bargain" price. I mean you'd be crazy not to consider a Taurus SHO over an A4 or 3-series.

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