Tesla Model 3 variants delayed; will some buyers lose $7500 tax credit?

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Tesla has never made a full-year profit since it went public in 2010. The delivery estimate the Model 3 is now beginning of 2019. The adjusted loss eliminates one-time expenses, including stock-based compensation.

Musk is a masterful marketer, and the red ink may not stem investors' excitement.

The Tesla Roadster and "Starman" dummy that SpaceX launched on its new Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday (Feb. 6) does not appear to be heading to the asteroid belt, despite what SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter Tuesday evening.

At last report, that auto was still en route far out into the solar system, with a projected apohelion (its farthest point before the Sun's gravity starts dragging it back) of 2.61 astronomical units from the Sun - well within the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. Tesla shares plunged 8.6% to $315.23 on Thursday.

According to SpaceX, the BFR will be capable of transporting as many as 100 people, along with all the necessary supplies and gear, to locations as far away as Mars.

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"There are never any guarantees, but Elon Musk hasn't been shy about cutting back forecasts in recent months so he certainly would have pulled back on the reins if Tesla wasn't confident", Reeves told Forbes. He represents the potential for a business culture that cares about more than profits - though it doesn't hurt that he makes beautifully-designed electric vehicles that look like sports cars. For example, he said, the company has almost completed an automated battery module assembly line which will speed production at its Nevada battery factory. While the company was focused on building cars previous year, Musk says Tesla is ready to significantly grow its storage business by tripling the amount of storage capacity it deploys.

"Even this Tesla realist and Model 3 deposit holder has doubts about Tesla ramping up to 10,000 units/week, essentially promising production levels of over 250,000 units in 2018", said Rebecca Lindland, executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com.

One said: "It might even have just been another satellite in orbit". This is an increase of 33 percent compared to a year ago but still not enough to keep the company above water.

If Model 3 production for the balance of the year is confined to the Long Range versions, that means they'll all be priced $9,000 higher than comparable standard models.

What will happen depends entirely on the company's rate of increase in its Model 3 production, most of which is likely to be delivered in the USA this year. Tesla also said reservations for the vehicle remain "stable" despite the delays, but it didn't give a total. In the quarter after the car's global premiere, just 266 units were delivered to customers.

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