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Mark Lipacis - Jefferies
While we would not expect shipments of AMD chips to Tesla to have a material impact near term to AMD bottom line … we think this would constitute a critical win for AMD as it would support our thesis that with its parallel processing GPUs, AMD is a beneficiary [of the next big technology shift].feedback
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NEW Sep 21 2017
The latest person who has talked about Tesla is Elon Musk: “Def not ok. Just sent a reminder to Tesla stores that we just want people to look forward to their next visit. That's what really matters. I'm sure there are better answers than what I do, which is just take the pain and make sure you really care about what you're doing. Robots will be able to do everything better than us.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Elon Musk and all the other people that have spoken about Tesla. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Def not ok. Just sent a reminder to Tesla stores that we just want people to look forward to their next visit. That's what really matters. I'm sure there are better answers than what I do, which is just take the pain and make sure you really care about what you're doing. Robots will be able to do everything better than us.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

The reality is great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress. Don't think people want to hear about the last two.feedback

Andreas Renschler - Volkswagen

But such a process takes time, of course. However maybe the German manufacturers were too slow. It could be. Tesla has set some crucial and good impulses in the industry.feedback

Martin Daum - Daimler

Electrification of trucks is of top priority at Daimler. Fast charging is an important topic especially for fleet owners of all Daimler Trucks brands. Together with StoreDot we will now jointly work on a holistic approach to fast charging.feedback

Chamath Palihapitiya

There is not a single person of right, sound mind and body, if you could build a Tesla Model 3 online and get it delivered in 30, 60, 90 days, or you have the choice of buying the BMW 3 Series will choose the BMW.feedback

Chamath Palihapitiya

People are fundamentally misunderstanding the demand of the [Tesla] Model 3. That entire business is going to go to zero.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne [California]. Worth seeing this beast in person. It's unreal.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

We are showing off a working prototype at the end of September, but we have shown it to people who buy heavy duty trucking, and they all love it. They just want to know how many can they buy and how soon.feedback

Doron Myersdorf - StoreDot

The goal is to be able to ramp quickly new technologies and bring them to mass production as fast as possible. This OneGiga facility would enable us to be at the forefront of the fast charging technology in future generations as well.feedback

Doron Myersdorf - StoreDot

StoreDot's solution combines proprietary organic compounds and nanomaterials that are developed in our labs. We focus on fast charging technology as opposed to the rest of industry which is focused on energy density. StoreDot focuses on developing next-generation Li-ion (lithium-ion) batteries. We do not compete with Tesla. We are very synergetic to Tesla in the sense that the major problem for the driver is the charging speed. We totally share Elon's vision and with our fast charging technology we enhance the ability of car companies to offer exceptional driver experience.feedback

Michael Ramsey

Long recharging times and a lack of infrastructure are two of the key barriers to widespread adoption of electric cars. A large battery that could be recharged in as little as 5 minute could dramatically change the efficacy of the technology. For Daimler – and the German car industry more broadly – making a push into electric gets them ahead of the effects of diesel slowly being pushed out of the fleet.feedback

Steve Hallerman - Citi

The budget was $8,000, $10,000, $12,000, whatever. He didn't know what he would get for his dollar. It is like buying a car: I will show you a Volkswagen and a Tesla. He was unfamiliar with Manhattan, and I wanted to give him a feel for different buildings.feedback

Robert Zumwalt - National Transportation Safety Board

System safeguards were lacking. Tesla allowed the driver to use the system outside of the environment for which it was designed and the system gave far too much leeway to the driver to divert his attention….The result was a collision that, frankly, should have never happened.feedback

Toni Sacconaghi

Even if we disregard the governmental, economic, and technological tailwinds benefiting the BEV segment, market momentum is increasing for BEVs, in no small part thanks to Tesla. Importantly, Tesla has created a compelling BEV unlike any other offered on the market: the Model S, X, and 3 all have wide consumer appeal and excellent performance; arguably, Tesla is changing the mindsets of consumers in terms of what an EV can be.feedback

Toni Sacconaghi

Seeing Tesla's success and bracing for a BEV future, OEMs have jumped onboard.feedback

Robert Sumwalt - National Transportation Safety Board

The result was a collision that, frankly, should never have happened. System safeguards were lacking.feedback

Steven Armstrong - Ford Motor

We have got an investment of about $4.5 billion in electrified vehicles coming over the next few years. And the first one of those for us, as a specific electrified vehicle in Europe, will be in 2020.feedback

Ralf Speth - Jaguar Land Rover

I am absolutely confident we will see battery cars faster than anybody expected on the street and therefore all of the infrastructure will catch up.feedback

Ralf Speth - Jaguar Land Rover

It is quite clear the future will be electric. We are going to deliver a step-by-step complete electrified portfolio and from 2020 onwards all of our cars will deliver the option to be electrified.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

There's going to be a co-existence between combustion engines and electrified drive systems over the next 10 to 20 years, so against this background we should all be patient and relaxed and leave the decision to our customers, they should decide which concept they prefer.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

The diesels we are offering today are clean. They comply with the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) requirements and they meet the requirements and needs of our customers.feedback

Matthias Mueller - Volkswagen

I think we have to implement a greater presence in Russia and then we have to revive the South American market. And then there is the big issue, Africa. It remains to be seen to what extent the situation down there will be stable, politically speaking, so that is a market where we have to do our homework.feedback

Robert Sumwalt - National Transportation Safety Board

In this crash, Tesla's system worked as designed, but it was designed to perform limited tasks. The result was a collision that should not have happened. System safeguards were lacking. I think it's important to clear up a possible misconception. The automobile involved in the collision was not a self-driving car.feedback

Robert Sumalt - National Transportation Safety Board

Today's automation systems augment, rather than replace human drivers. Drivers must always be prepared to take the wheel or apply the brakes.feedback

Colin Rusch - Oppenheimer Holdings

You're bringing a consumer electronics mentality to a durable-goods product. Adding incremental functionality is an ongoing process for Tesla. We'll see them continue to participate in that over-the-air market.feedback

Georg Tacke - Simon Kucher & Partners

If you have one product and the price is too high, people don't buy it. But if it's too low, you don't exploit some customers' willingness to pay. So you differentiate and, yes, that means damaging the product in some way.feedback

Georg Tacke - Simon Kucher & Partners

The only thing that has changed is that companies can now change the offering during the life cycle of the product. As more software gets into our hardware, the more we are going to see this.feedback

David Bailey

Jaguar are playing catchup - Tesla has stolen a chunk of their lunch, BMW are way ahead as well. The premium end of things is moving more quickly [towards electrification] in part because electric car costs are higher at the moment because of battery costs, so they can absorb that. It's also because they are heavily dependent on diesel and the market is moving away from diesel.feedback

Hiroto Saikawa

If it's successful, the Leaf will be a major part of the portfolio of Nissan. Electric vehicles will no longer be a niche product.feedback

Hiroto Saikawa

We are not necessarily putting up a price with the consideration of our competitors. The pricing range should be affordable. This is a fundamental point. You can do the Tesla type of pricing, but we focus more on our customer portfolio.feedback

Hiroto Saikawa

For the day to day, we can cover most of the cases, which means you don't have to worry about the autonomous range when you drive.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

The one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world. May be initiated not by the country leaders, but one of the AIs, if it decides that a prepemptive strike is most probable path to victory. Govts don't need to follow normal laws. They will obtain AI developed by companies at gunpoint, if necessary. AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization, in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs, or bad food were not.feedback

Jacob de Tusch-Lec

When the major car makers want to compete, they can give Tesla a run for their money, but for now they are a bit on the slow side. It's not like Tesla is going to make electric cars and car makers that have existed for 100 years will just roll over. They have built electric technology, they can team up with other firms, and they have distribution networks.feedback

Jacob de Tusch-Lec

There has been a lot of hype, calling the market subprime, but in the crisis 10 years ago the auto market held up OK. This is factored into valuations – car makers wouldn't be so cheap otherwise.feedback

Jacob de Tusch-Lec

Some car makers are banks that happen to produce cars – they make money on finance and break even on vehicles.feedback

Jacob de Tusch-Lec

Nobody will deny the negatives [about the incumbents], but if there is no recession around the corner you can pick these stocks up at bargain prices right now.feedback

Julie Boote

In the future, they're just one among many others.feedback

Julie Boote

Now if people think of electric cars, they think of Tesla. It must be disappointing for [Nissan].feedback

Dana Telsey - Telsey Advisory Group

It's not that retail is left for dead, it's that retail is being reinvented. It used to be a concept is driven by repeat customers, but today, product innovation helps you get those repeat customers. Execution used to be all about inventory management, but today it's powered by speed. Speed of product delivery to one's home or to one's office and also speed of product development to shelf.feedback

Justin Bariso

Effective leadership is due to a lot of factors and emotional intelligence is one. If you understand how your words affect a group of people or how it will impact an individual, you will become more purposeful.feedback

Justin Bariso

While Musk's opening words will prove touching to some, it's his promise to take action that is most powerful. To personally meet every injured employee and actually learn how to perform the task that caused that person's injury is remarkable for the CEO of any company.feedback

Justin Bariso

Some people seem genuine and empathetic but aren't. Someone whose communications style is direct and brash, most would think low emotional intelligence, but the question is: What is his or her motive?feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

A lot of people don't think you can do a heavy-duty, long-range truck that's electric, but we are confident that this can be done.feedback

Izumi Nakamitsu - United Nations Development Programme

There are currently no multilateral standards or regulations covering military AI applications. Without wanting to sound alarmist, there is a very real danger that without prompt action, technological innovation will outpace civilian oversight in this space.feedback

Trent Mell

(Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Officer) Elon Musk and others are saying: 'Where do I get my cobalt if I don't want to go to the Congo?feedback

Bryan Thomas - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

We are concerned about drivers operating these vehicles having a good understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the systems. It's not enough to put it in an owners' manual and hope that drivers will read that and follow it.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

While it is possible that this article could be an exception, that is extremely unlikely, which is why I declined to comment.feedback

Ross Gerber

Elon's world is a tough world, and that's fine with me. They're hard-charging, trying to change the world. That's why I invest in them.feedback

Kevin Giddis - Raymond James & Associates

The recent concern is that if the economy turns, so will high-yield debt yields and liquidity. There is a 'tipping' point for high-yield debt, and it may not be now, but investors need to be very selective in this environment, because a lot of these companies are 'high yield' for a reason, and should not be trading at yields this low. The risk is not knowing or being able to see the difference.feedback

Jonathan Duensing

Issuance this month in the high-yield market has been higher than it normally is. Corporate management teams are trying to get ahead of what they may perceive as a period of higher debt costs in September and October.feedback

Kevin Giddis - Raymond James & Associates

High-yield issuers have enjoyed the benefit of not only an economy that is improving, but from some of the lowest yields in history to issue debt, and have been taking advantage of the demand for a number of years.feedback

Andy Whitmore - London Mining

I am not sure that nickel has got the attention it deserves. Although the mining industry has responded to its critics over the years, mainly we would argue by changes in policies rather than true change in practice, I don't believe the pressure around [electric] cars has made a difference to date.feedback

Carey Smith

They've got 40 years worth of slag, which isn't the cleanest material in world. It needs to be disposed of carefully, burying it somehow or covering it with clay.feedback

David Santillo - Greenpeace

The mining of nickel-rich ores themselves, combined with their crushing and transportation by conveyor belt, truck or train, can generate high loadings of dust in the air, dust that itself contains high concentrations of potentially toxic metals, including nickel itself, copper, cobalt and chromium. We have to get smarter at recovering and reusing the vast quantities that we have already extracted from the earth, rather than relying on continued pursuit of new reserves of ever poorer quality and at substantial environmental cost.feedback

Larisa Zelkova - Norilsk Nickel

It is of strategic importance to us as a key player in the supply chain that is enabling the growth of electric vehicles and clean energy solutions.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

I think there is quite a radical difference between having solar panels on your roof that actually make your house look better versus ones that do not. I think it's going to be a night and day difference. I think the aesthetics matter a lot. As you know, [at] Tesla we're super sensitive to aesthetics.feedback

Roger McNamee

Horrific things are likely. Think about this with automobiles. We never thought of automobiles as terrorist weapons. But once you start applying them that way, they're really terrifying. And I think that's the issue. ... [I]t's going to be super hard to control how bad people use that technology once it's developed. Bad people are unlikely to observe the rules. There's a lot of history suggesting that fear is legitimate.feedback

Paul Franks - Twitter

Can you guys program the car once in park to move back the seat and raise the steering wheel? Steering wheel is wearing.feedback

Reid Hoffman - LinkedIn

If you're not embarrassed by your first product release, you've released it too late. Why? Because your assumptions about what your users want are never exactly right.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Yeah, it should probably automatically adjust to the user [configuration] of whoever is closest to a given door when the handle is touched.feedback

Reid Hoffman - LinkedIn

You need to test a real product with real customers. It's the fastest way to build something users can't resist.feedback

Roger McNamee

Those companies, in many ways, have lost control. And that a lot of really difficult, bad things are going on in terms of addiction, in terms of what happens in our election and Brexit. You look at these things and you say to yourself, It's really time for the country to step back and have a conversation about: What is the appropriate role of technology? What are the limits to what we're going to allow people to do? And how are we going to make sure that society – jobs, people, and livelihoods – are protected?feedback

Roger McNamee

We have in this country had, at least for the last 10 or 15 years, an almost irrational belief that technology always winds up doing good. And the reality is, it's a lot easier to do bad things with technology than it is to do good. To do good takes tremendous discipline and effort over long periods of time. And you can do bad more or less overnight.feedback

Roger McNamee

I think what Elon's talking about here is that once you start applying automated technology to weaponry, horrific things are likely. And I suspect that that is true. The point I would make is that I think bad things are already happening.feedback

Jason Calacanis

If those two companies were together, they would beat everybody at transportation. They're on a collision course for sure.feedback

Jason Calacanis

I'd like to see the best drivers have an equity stake in the company.feedback

Jason Calacanis

We need to get back to that sense of camaraderie and resolve these issues for the employees and the stakeholders in Uber. We need the founder involved. Banishing the founder is a mistake.feedback

Anna Kreeger

There's the shiny edge where a cross body bag has rubbed the hips of its owner. A strip of lighter leather where a flap has shielded the inner from the elements. Faded dots and spills, signs of many a good night out.feedback

Lynn Taylor

Contrary to what some may think, if you feel your job is at risk, you won't want to fade from view.feedback

Lee Kwang-guk

We're strengthening our eco-friendly car strategy, centering on electric vehicles.feedback

Jehu Garcia

The thing is not about making the best possible car. It's really to show the best value in recycled technology.feedback

Eric Ludgren

If we treated electric vehicles like we treat our phones, which if a single part breaks we throw it away, we'd have so much waste. We just want to breathe new life cycles into electronics.feedback

Theodore O'Neill

I don't have any notion of how their bench strength is. It would be better for them if they were more transparent.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

The reality is great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress. When you buy a ticket to hell, you can't blame hell.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

I'd have to have a really good succession plan, because the likelihood of death is very high. And I'd like to see my kids grow up and everything.''. I intend to be actively involved with Tesla for the rest of my life. That doesn't mean I should be CEO forever. I think my main – the most valuable thing I could contribute – is kind of product design and technology, but that's my forte; that's what I like doing, and that's what I imagine doing in the sort of very long term.feedback

Charles Elson

When it's your own money, fine. When you take other people's money or public capital, the obligations change.feedback

Theodore O'Neill

People with car experience have been pooh-poohing Elon Musk for 15 years and been proven wrong.feedback

Andrew Sherman - Seyfarth Shaw

Not doing it not only puts the founders' families at risk but also people who work there and the whole supplier ecosystem.feedback

Stuart Tauber

It's usually correlated more with closely held partnerships.feedback

Chris Lattner

TensorFlow is one of the most advanced machine learning frameworks. I'll be contributing to make it even more accessible, broadening the reach of AI and ML to more engineers worldwide.feedback

Adam Jonas - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

We update our model with increased Model 3 unit forecasts, improved revenue and gross margin in energy, storage, and other, and (much) higher capex spend following earnings.feedback

Adam Jonas - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

Tesla remains a rather expensive call option on disrupting transport and energy but will (and should) attract serious competition over time – the stock is trading just over our assessment of fair value.feedback

Herb Kelleher

I always turned down pay increases, bonus increases, to set a good example for all of our people. It's what I thought was a requirement of good leadership.feedback

Aswath Damodaran

There is much to admire in the Tesla story but there is one aspect of the story that I find puzzling, and if I were an equity investor, troubling. It is the way in which Tesla has chosen to, and continues to, finance itself.feedback

Ben Kallo - Robert W. Baird & Co.

We expect strong demand for the Model 3 and believe the total addressable market will likely be underestimated, but think it will be an ongoing process to ascertain global demand. Tesla remains one of our top picks for 2017 and we are raising our price target as we continue to believe a successful Model 3 launch will be an inflection point for the stock.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

We continue to believe Tesla Energy may be underappreciated by investors, and think the segment could be as important as the auto business over the long term.feedback

Ben Kallo - Robert W. Baird & Co.

We think the large US market will support sales of the Model 3, and significant additional opportunities exist internationally.feedback

David Knutson - Schroders

It's a turning point for a company from a relative unknown to exactly what it is today.feedback

Andrew Feltus - Amundi

I won't call it a bubble. The (market) fundamentals are pretty good.feedback

Gene Munster - Loup Ventures

In 10 years, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Tesla will not have their employees chipped. You'll see some extreme forward-looking tech people adopting it, but not large companies.feedback

Nasser Zamani - Tesla Motors

An email exchange in May and June between Tesla and Nevada DMV representatives included an agenda for a June 16 meeting, along with the Nevada Department of Transportation, to discuss testing of two prototype trucks in Nevada, according to the exchange seen by Reuters. To insure we are on the same page, our primary goal is the ability to operate our prototype test trucks in a continuous manner across the state line and within the States of Nevada and California in a platooning and/or Autonomous mode without having a person in the vehicle.feedback

Jessica Gonzalez

Tesla requested the meeting to introduce new staff and talk about Tesla's efforts with autonomous trucks. The DMV is not aware of the level of autonomy in the trucks.feedback

Jim McCaughan

The thing with Tesla is it's either going to be a dominant force in its industry or it's going to somehow get competed away. And if you're looking at it as a stock, you need to have a very … bipolar outlook.feedback

Jim McCaughan

The market is obviously going for the big one, the big success. I would argue that from a bondholder point of view it's actually still quite risky because there are pretty big guns with a lot of resources, from Mercedes, BMW, GM, coming into that.feedback

Neil deGrasse Tyson

I really like Earth. So any space trip I take, I'm double checking that there's sufficient funds for me to return. Also, I'm not taking that trip until Elon Musk sends his Mother and brings her back alive. Then I'm good for it.feedback

Lynn Jurich - Sunrun

Our product today, which is focused around customer savings, will be evolving where we'll be able to provide value to utilities as well. It opens up a whole other market.feedback

Jim Cramer

But the love for the product and the genius of the man behind it, [founder and CEO] Jeff Bezos, drove the stock to where it is today, one of the greatest runs of all time.feedback

Jim Cramer

But the second part? Whoa! It's almost impossible to tell how much money Tesla makes per car, if anything. Nor is it possible to define the future of the company. If everything goes right it could be the next Amazon, a tech company that sells cars, just as Amazon's a tech company that's in retail. If it doesn't, then the stock could flame out.feedback

Jim Cramer

I wish I had an answer for this conundrum. Maybe you just take some real 'Mad Money' and buy one of them: preferably Netflix or Amazon because they're far more proven than Tesla. No matter. The fact is that some stories flunk the near-term fundamentals even as they triumph over the long term. ... Two of these three have already done so. For all I can tell, the third will, too.feedback

Jim Cramer

Making things even more difficult, on the recent conference call, CEO Reed Hastings actually championed the notion that negative free cash flow, something I don't like, will be an indicator of enormous success. I just don't think that would pass the Lynch test.feedback

Giles Keating

There's a kind of arms race on batteries around the world. We know that Elon Musk with Tesla has got this Gigafactory. The Chinese are racing to overtake him; they'll have three times the capacity. And then in Germany, we've just heard announcement of a new plan for a $1 billion factory on batteries.feedback

Giles Keating

I think Tesla was always all about electric cars, whereas I think the conventional auto manufacturers, they were in denial. They just kind of almost wanted batteries to be weak so that they wouldn't have to go that route so that their existing route of business can continue, if I'm brutal about it.feedback

Giles Keating

For most conventional manufacturers it was about beating the emissions rules rather than about trying to revolutionize stuff.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

In the old world it is Toyota, Hyundai, and the French automakers. In the new world it is Tesla.feedback

Barry James

Also, we see that the market is upside down. In the 18 months ending in June, we saw companies that had no earnings, they were losing money, outperform those that were making money and Tesla is a prime example of that.feedback

Rosario Pingaro

The driving was made simply by the semi-autonomous driving system, which helped us to keep a constant speed in the middle of the lane.feedback

Luca Del Bo - Tesla Motors

To complete the 1,078km record distance, we used 98.4 kW/h of electricity, which is equivalent to eight litres of gas.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

If you buy a ticket to hell, it isn't fair to blame hell ….feedback

JB Straubel - Tesla Motors

We're deploying a mobile service strategy to take 80% of the cars and fix them where it's convenient to the customer. Not at our location, at their location. Make it invisible to them.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

Tesla belongs among the competitors which has abilities that we currently do not have.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

This shows that we need to significantly improve. We can do this. We measure ourselves against Tesla quite deliberately. Our goal: Using our abilities not just to catch up, but even to overtake.feedback

David Einhorn

The company is expected to burn over $2 billion this year as it begins production of its Model 3. It is currently only capitalized for the next three quarters. As Tesla attempts to achieve scale for the Model 3, it will depend on the capital markets' willingness to fund it.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

What people should absolutely have zero concern about, and I mean zero, is that Tesla will achieve a 10,000 unit production week by the end of next year. I think people should really not have any concerns that we won't reach that outcome from a production rate.feedback

Colin Bird - IHS

In terms of ADAS safety features like automatic emergency braking and blind spot detection, consumers wanted to see these features standard across the board. There is a large subset of consumers who are willing to pay for full autonomy features demonstrating that consumers see this more as a value-add rather than a necessary safety component, at least for now.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

The major challenge for us over the six to nine months is how do we build a huge number of cars.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Model 3 drive units as well as battery packs made with our proprietary 2170 form factor cells are being built on new lines at Gigafactory 1. We are now fine-tuning these manufacturing lines to significantly increase the production rate. We wish we could do all of this faster and get everyone's Model 3 to them right away. It's important to understand that our production ramp will follow an S-Curve, meaning that it will begin slowly, grow exponentially, then start to tail off once we achieve full production.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

It's just fundamentally impossible to predict the exponential part of the manufacturing S-curve. S-curve is a simplification because it's really running through a series of constraints. ... It's like a really jagged sort of upward growth.feedback

Melissa Schilling

You're pumping a lot of money in, and you're getting very little return. As you start getting to the top, you've picked all the low-hanging fruit. Now [you] need to spend a lot more to get further. The notion is that when you introduce a new generation of technology, it often is performing poorly to where the previous generation is.feedback

Melissa Schilling

It's a lot harder to make an internal combustion engine a lot cheaper or more efficient, or a lot safer.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

The reality is great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress. Don't think people want to hear about the last two. Yeah.feedback

David Tamberrino

We now see TSLA needing to raise capital in 1Q18E (vs. 2Q18E previously) and continue to see downside risk to Model 3 production.feedback

Jeffrey Osborne - Cowen and Company

We were surprised by the after hours move in TSLA shares and continue to be cautious on the stock, especially as the risk profile shifts from the hype of the Model 3 to execution, or 'production hell' as Elon Musk refers to it. We believe Tesla shares are an overvalued show me story.feedback

Jeffrey Osborne - Cowen and Company

As Tesla's Model 3 ramp proceeds, we continue to have more questions than answers about the company and the vagueness of details coupled with lack of disclosure from management about true capital needs and expense levels need to obtain their ultimate vision.feedback

Colin Rusch - Oppenheimer Holdings

I would agree with that. There's been a huge amount of technology investment on behalf of the major OEMs in Europe and the U.S. along with Tesla. It's a very secret time for that technology. People are doing testing, not sharing data, and the actual performance of these vehicles is really uncertain right now except for the folks who see this inside. What they have done is pretty impressive despite the very aggressive targets that they put out for them.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

When I said 'manufacturing hell,' I meant it. We know this, we signed up for it. Not blaming hell because we bought the ticket. This is maybe the best I've ever felt about Tesla, to be frank.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Those cancellations occurred over the course of more than a year. I think [these numbers] are inconsequential. With a small amount of effort we can easily drive the Model 3 reservation number to something much higher but there's no point. It's like if you're a restaurant and you're serving hamburgers and there's like an hour and a half wait for hamburgers do you really want to encourage more people to order more hamburgers? When we make mistakes, it's because we're stupid, not because we're trying to mislead anyone. We aspire to be less dumb over time.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

We are going to do everything we can to make cars as fast as we can. Demand is not a challenge here.feedback

Joseph Spak - RBC Capital Partners

While we don't have meaningful reason to doubt that Tesla can eventually achieve its targets, doing so in a timely manner without some growing pains could prove challenging.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

One of our big concerns was that Model S and X demand would suffer with introduction of the 3. In fact, this has turned out to be the opposite situation – Model S and X increased. It has turned out to be a pleasant surprise.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

People should really not have any concerns that we will reach that outcome from a production rate. We're also very confident about costs.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

The journalists were doing test rides and about 80 percent said they'd buy the car themselves.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Model 3 is just a smaller, more affordable version of Model S with less range & power & fewer features. Model S has more advanced technology.feedback

Toni Sacconaghi

CEO Elon Musk sounds increasingly squeamish about the production ramp. Cannibalization appears likely.feedback

Jose Moran

We are working hard to build the world's #1 car – not just electric, but overall. Unfortunately, however, I often feel like I am working for a company of the future under working conditions of the past. Just as CEO Elon Musk is a respected champion for green energy and innovation, I hope he can also become a champion for his employees.feedback

Stacey Gilbert - Susquehanna

If you're thinking about using options to get a position in here, you're better off using spreads – or maybe just recognizing that on a historical basis, these options are expensive.feedback

Todd Gordon

We're selling a call credit spread above the expected move. So by way of options math, you could say that the market has approximately an 80 percent chance of being below $340 post-earnings.feedback

Todd Gordon

As we go into earnings, I don't mind taking a directional bet here to hedge my longer-term position in Tesla.feedback

Clement Thibault

It's our view that nothing about Tesla's financials or fundamentals right now justifies a price tag of $320 per share. Not a single fundamental parameter. The company may be selling a few cars, but mostly it's being powered by dreams. Some problems have already started to crop up for Tesla...This of course raises questions about Tesla's broader ability to scale not just its manufacturing operation, but the entire supporting infrastructure, particularly since Tesla continues to insist it will run all its operations in-house.feedback

Toni Sacconaghi

Many Tesla owners may never return to internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and while many would consider other competitive electric vehicle (EV) offerings, most appear to be relatively loyal to Tesla, underscoring Tesla's first mover advantage.feedback

Toni Sacconaghi

Cannibalization by the Model 3 is clearly a risk – the fact that nearly a third of current owners hold reservations raises concerns that the Model 3 may cannibalize sales of higher-end Tesla models upon launch.feedback

David Sullivan

Owners of the more expensive Models S and X are generally more willing to tolerate problems because they have other vehicles they can drive while their Tesla is in the shop.feedback

David Einhorn

I like the composition of the portfolio. I would like to see a little bit of this headwind go away, but I have no control over when that might be. And I'm hopeful that we can achieve a decent result, even if the environment is difficult.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Watched them personally to make sure and I agree with the outcome. Wouldn't have judged differently.feedback

Ronnie Moas - Standpoint Research

In my view, 10-15 years from now, the charts on a few of the top twenty names will look like the Amazon, Apple, Tesla, Facebook, Netflix and Google charts look today.feedback

Toni Sacconaghi

We believe the Model 3 was as good as or better than expected, and pricing was as expected with considerable initial upsell. That said, the rubber now hits the road, and the fundamental questions remain unanswered. CEO Elon Musk sounds increasingly squeamish about the production ramp.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

We aimed for something that was a very simple clean design because in the future – or really, the future being now – the cars will be increasingly autonomous, so you won't really need to look at an instrument panel all that often. You'll be able to do whatever you want – watch a movie, talk to friends, go to sleep. Every Tesla being produced right now has all of the hardware necessary for full autonomy.feedback

Dan Nathan

This is a stock, if we have a five-to-six-year chart of it ... almost every year, almost like clockwork, there's been a 30, 35 percent peak-to-trough decline in this thing.feedback

Mike Khouw

We have all of these enormous unknowns like upcoming earnings and what the outcome of the Model 3 is.feedback

Mike Khouw

Tesla has been the second most active single stock option over the past 20 days – second only to Amazon.feedback

Li Hejun - Hanergy UK

Comparing with Tesla's flat solar tiles, Hantile is able to incorporate solar cells into both flat and curved-face roof tile.feedback

Alla Lau

People come to Hong Kong for three or four days and see Tesla, Mercedes, skyscrapers in Central, all the things the government tries so hard to promote. If I was a tourist, I'd see those things, how expensive everything is here, and think, Hong Kong people must have a really good life. That's one side of Hong Kong. It isn't telling a lot of people's stories.feedback

Andrew Tarantola - Engadget

The Model 3 really feels like the car that will bring electric vehicles as a whole into the mainstream.feedback

Matthew Debord - Business Insider

I've driven pretty much every other all-electric car you can buy, and I can safely say that the Model 3 has no competition. There isn't anybody who's going to sit in the driver's seat of this car and not want it, if only briefly. The Model 3 stokes immediate desire, and the lust lingers.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Frankly, we're gonna be in production hell. That's gonna be where we are for at least six months. Maybe longer. But, you guys know that – you're veterans – you've been through this. So, I look forward to working alongside you, journeying through hell.feedback

Tamara Warren - The Verge

I felt like I was driving in an Eames chair. It took a moment to orient myself – no gauges, no speedometer, no airplane cockpit cues. Instead, one continuous smooth line between myself and the road ahead, offset by natural, unfinished wood.feedback

Alexander MacDonald - Nasa

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are really following their own intrinsic motivations; they want their own futures in space. What's different from them to [philanthropist] Andrew Carnegie or [Smithsonian director] Charles Abbot? The best mechanism for achieving their motivations is a corporation. The Carnegie model was make all your money and donate it through a philanthropic foundation. These guys are still in their forties. They intend to be in the game of trying to advance our activity in space for the rest of their lives.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

This is a great day for Tesla. It was never our goal to make expensive cars. We finally have a great affordable electric car that is absolutely what is needed. There was no great affordable electric car and this one is.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

It was always the goal, to build a great, affordable electric car that was better than any gasoline car. We finally have a great, affordable electric car. That's absolutely what's needed. There are great gasoline cars. There are great, expensive electric cars, but there are not great, affordable electric cars. That's what today means.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

We're going to go through at least six months of manufacturing hell. I would certainly advise that you consider prior production ramps, past stories will tend to fundamentally not appreciate that manufacturing is an S-curve. This is an ICBM strike on Fremont.feedback

Rebecca Lindland - Kelley Blue Book

Tesla is very much in that sweet spot in having an emotional response [from customers] and meeting practical needs.feedback

Doug Field

Everything was focused on how we could move this through the assembly line faster and more efficient with great quality.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

We're going to do everything we can to make cars as fast we can. Demand is not the challenge here.feedback

Akshay Anand - Kelley Blue Book

This is Tesla's most important milestone and one that may be the key to its success or failure.feedback

Claes Bell - Bankrate

I think a lot of folks will be leasing the Model 3. They're not going to have anything to show for it at the end of the lease, but people may be inclined to pay more than they can afford in this case.feedback

Roger S. Pressman

People in that age range are very used to using devices and this car is a device on wheels. I do think the demographic will be very similar to the demographic that buys the BMW 3 Series. Model 3 buyers are younger people, a lot of single people, maybe some couples. For families, however, the trend in the U.S. is still to own an SUV.feedback

Jessica Caldwell - Edmunds.com

The uncertainty of tax rebates is still a big concern for Tesla reservation holders. Tesla appears to be prioritizing employees, investors and current Tesla owners for delivery of the Model 3, all while the company continues to sell the Model S and Model X, which will eat into Tesla's dwindling tax credits. It's still a big question whether the thousands of people in line to buy a Model 3 will be able to stomach the full price of the car without a hefty rebate.feedback

Jessica Caldwell - Edmunds.com

Public policy, for the most part, is on the side of Tesla's mass-market vision. Bans of gas and diesel vehicles in Europe are on the distant horizon, and although U.S. Federal tax credits may not be extended by the current administration, California has proposed its own incentive program that carries a lot of weight considering more than half of electric vehicles are sold there.feedback

Rebecca Lindland - Kelley Blue Book

The average transaction price for a new car is about $36,000 dollars. That's the sweet spot that new car buyers can afford.feedback

Claes Bell - Bankrate

In the U.S., the median household income is $56,516 dollars. At that income, a lot of folks are going to have a hard time affording a vehicle around $30,000 in price, much less anything higher.feedback

Adam Grant

Evidence shows that minority opinions improve decision-making even when they are incorrect. One of the things he's tried to do ... was to make it unsafe not to speak up. One of their early launches had a major explosion, and Elon had asked going into the launch for the top 10 risks and the factor that caused the explosion was number 11.feedback

Adam Grant

Evidence shows that minority opinions improve decision-making even when they are incorrect. Your probability of making a smart decision or coming up with a creative solution to a problem actually goes up, and the reason for that is that dissenting opinions force us to reexamine our criteria, to reconsider our processes and all the options available. Instead of leading to convergent thinking they stimulate divergent thinking and really increase diversity of thought.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Look even if you see something that might be totally irrelevant if you think there's a tiny possibility that it could affect our success, please let me know.feedback

Adam Grant

That's such a powerful way to create a culture where voice is not something to be feared and it's not an exercise in futility.feedback

Adam Grant

We know that that kind of leader response can have two effects. One is that every other boss in the organization sees that happen and starts to think, You know I need to be a little more open to being criticized than I was before. If Ray's going to do it, we should all do it.' And two, it's a clear signal to everybody at Bridgewater that voice is valued and that if you speak up – even to criticize people at the very top – you're going to be heard and your opinion is going to be taken seriously.feedback

Adam Grant

I don't know about you, but I don't think I'd send that e-mail to the billionaire founder of my company. Ray's response a striking though: He writes back and says, I'm sorry I let you down,' and then he copies the management committee of Bridgewater and asked them to investigate his history to see if this is a pattern so that he can learn from it.feedback

Sam Abuelsamid - Navigant

This will be their primary vehicle, so they will have high expectations of quality and durability and expect everything to work every time.feedback

Sam Abuelsamid - Navigant

A decade ago they were a little more than golf carts. Now all of a sudden, EVs are real, practical vehicles that can be used for anything.feedback

Robert Shiller

It just seems like, it doesn't matter what job you have, there's always some robot out there about to take it. I think people are worried, and they want to buy tech, because they feel like they're taking part [in] the thing that's threatening them. So there is this deep emotional fear which is increasing, which is having the effect of pushing up prices for now.feedback

Robert Shiller

A theme that I have been coming back to is that the big worry that's on people's minds – I don't know how active it is in trading – but it's about where the world is going with automation and robotics. We are going to see ships sailing across the ocean with nobody on it, just cargo – like driverless cars. These things keep coming up and I think they make people worry about everything, including even stocks. You don't know how all this automation is going to play out for various kinds of companies. This is what, I imagine, is on people's minds all the time now.feedback

David Kelley - Jefferies

We believe Delphi Automotive and BorgWarner remain best positioned to benefit from ongoing secular auto tech shifts.feedback

David Kelley - Jefferies

Incremental shift in electrification should also favor BWA given their turbocharger leadership and growing alternative powertrain portfolio. With an electric motor and eBooster (electric turbocharger) platform and most recently the announced acquisition of Sevcon, a motor controller and battery charger supplier for electric/hybrid vehicles, we anticipate the powertrain supplier continues to outpace market growth.feedback

Bill Gates - Microsoft

I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned.feedback

Ronald C. Parker

If these companies want growth then they need these diverse perspectives to take on new strategies.feedback

Deb DeHaas - Deloitte & Touche

Companies like Tesla that are innovative and forming their board for the first time have a unique opportunity to be leaders in bringing in diversity, which results in good governance.feedback

Ronald C. Parker

We're very excited that Tesla has named Linda Johnson Rice to the board. Tesla is an innovative company and we'd like to see more blacks and women in these tech spaces.feedback

Deb DeHaas - Deloitte & Touche

This is not a supply issue. There are highly competent women and minorities that can excel in this group.feedback

Ronald C. Parker

Women make 85 percent of the purchasing decisions in the household so to have that female perspective on a board is beneficial.feedback

Itay Michaeli - Citigroup Global Markets

Tesla is currently free cash flow negative and we believe the company will likely require additional external financing to achieve operating objectives. An inability to access capital markets could place substantial strain on Tesla's financial condition. We're positive on Tesla's position as a Car of the Future leader and view the upside case to still be significant, however, we prefer to wait for a better entry point … a stronger balance sheet, which in our view would more favorably tilt the 12-month risk/reward equation.feedback

Patricio de Solminihac

We believe it is highly probable that worldwide demand will exceed 500,000 tonnes by 2025.feedback

Mike Dunn

Elon Musk has had no contact with Philadelphia officials on this matter. We do not know what he means when he says he received 'verbal government approval'. There are numerous hurdles for this unproven 'hyperloop' technology before it can become reality.feedback

Adam Jonas - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

In our opinion, the direction of Tesla's share price will be dominated by (a) its pace of cash consumption, (b) the excellence and excitement of its products and (c) the openness of capital markets to fund the company's plan.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

The set of steps necessary to achieve that outcome seems pretty obvious. I am heavily involved in Tesla [getting] incredibly good at the machine that builds the machine, which involves, by the way, a tremendous amount of software. This is not just a bunch of robots that are sitting there. It's the programming of robots and how they interact. And it's far more complex than the software in the car. I mean, I think, this is just going to be a very difficult thing for other manufacturers to copy. I would not know what to do if I were in their position.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

The stock price we have is more than we have any right to deserve. I think our stock price is kind of high right now, to be totally honest. If you care about the long term, Tesla, I think the stock is a good price. If you look at the short term, it is less clear.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

I think I see a clear path to that outcome [reaching a $700 billion market cap]. Of course I could be completely delusional.feedback

Stella Li - BYD

Our customer [base] is expanding into multiple [arenas] from public transit bus to the private one.feedback

Dave Clark - Amazon.com

I did not intend to put the blame on Tesla or the auto pilot system as I am aware that I need to be in control of the vehicle regardless if the auto pilot system is engaged or not.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

I've gone on the record several times that the stock price is higher than we have the right to deserve and that's for sure true based on where we are today.feedback

David Einhorn

The second quarter was a bit of a head-scratcher. Our five biggest longs reported earnings that met or exceeded expectations, while our shorts announced earnings that mostly disappointed. Nonetheless, we lost money in the quarter. The bubble basket was particularly frustrating. TSLA bulls look at Elon Musk, think of the Steve Jobs, and decide TSLA is the next Apple. We have read many critiques of TSLA and we won't repeat them here, but we will offer a few distinctions from Apple.feedback

David Einhorn

When companies announce large acquisitions, they typically explain the implications and strategy. AMZN has said nothing and left the interpretation to the market's imagination, which for the time being skews optimistic.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

If [its programming] is not well thought out – even if its intent is benign – it could have quite a bad outcome. If you were a hedge fund or private equity fund and you said: 'Well, all I want my AI to do is maximize the value of my portfolio,' then the AI could decide, well, the best way to do that is to short consumer stocks, go long defense stocks, and start a war. I'm against overregulation for sure, But man, I think with we've got to get on that with AI, pronto.feedback

John Bel Edwards

I just asked him to come down to Louisiana and sit down with us, sit down with the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association and work out some sort of a compromise, which they have successfully done in other states.feedback

Calandra Cruickshank

It makes the business case look more profitable if you have offsets for everything from workforce training costs to subsidized electricity rates, tax abatements, etc.feedback

Timothy Bartik

States are likely to step up again. I don't know if there will be a visible bidding war, but someone is likely to bid; then others will counterbid.feedback

Greg LeRoy

It's an established MO for Musk. He's very aggressive about getting tax breaks and subsidies from state governments, and he's brilliant at public media. He knows how to play them off against one another.feedback

Sid Voorakkara - Tesla Motors

We have had an ongoing conversation with them for years. As a general rule, our office does not publicly discuss specific company projects.feedback

Ben Cloutier

We've been finalists on two of their previous projects and know New Mexico is perfectly suited to meet Tesla's needs. Our improved tax environment, our closing fund and other nationally renowned job-training programs would make New Mexico the best possible fit.feedback

Calandra Cruickshank

Manufacturing jobs are changing dramatically, so where they used to provide a tremendous number of jobs, they now require fewer, higher-skilled (and higher paid) technology jobs to run iPads and robots on the plant floor.feedback

Greg LeRoy

Jobs are very politicized right now. And states are more likely to overspend when one of these megadeals comes along.feedback

Ian Lowe

Cost-effective storage of electrical energy is the only problem holding us back from getting all of our power from wind and solar … this project is a significant innovation to demonstrate the feasibility of large-scale storage.feedback

Michelle Krebs - Auto Trader Group

Tesla has sold vehicles, but it's not made any money, and that whole segment is not doing particularly well. You've got an industry that is capital intensive and you've got an electric vehicle market that is kind of shaky, so those two things probably are at play. There's just never enough cash.feedback

Audrey Zibelman

But when I look at what's happening organically in the system, the falling cost of solar, the falling cost of wind, some of the economic decisions that folks are making, the expected falling cost of storage – these things are going to happen anyway.feedback

Nino Ficca

That the battery in SA is a wonderful shift in what we can do but it's not a panacea for anything.feedback

Audrey Zibelman

Without question you can't take a look at the system and say, Oh, you can operate it the same way.feedback

Nino Ficca

My guess is that we may find that we regret some investment decisions or lack of some investment decisions somewhere down the track … I don't think you need to be Einstein to predict that.feedback

Audrey Zibelman

We have got to make these changes and we don't want to waste this crisis … we want to move this stuff forward. We need to come up with an actionable plan with details, bring them back to Coag, so they have the confidence to know that what we've come up with is something that people will invest in and it's driving value to consumers.feedback

Michelle Krebs - Auto Trader Group

We may face the same thing here in the U.S. because it's not clear where tax credits will go. The challenge to Tesla is how to generate consumer demands without a tax credit. The tax credits have helped. But when they go away, what incentive is there for consumers to buy these cars? In California you get access to the HOV lines, but that might be going away.feedback

Charles Anderson

Just about every country has registration data, and I find it's very hit and miss. I think it's probably for sure the case that demand has gone down from the tax incentive rolling off. It's a classic case of elasticity of demand. If a good costs more people are going to buy less of it.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

I'm guessing if you put down a deposit down now, it's probably the end of next year before you get it.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

Initially, the Model 3 configurator is going to be like 'What color do you want? And what size wheel do you want?' That's basically going to be the configurator.feedback

Claude Nobs

Montreux Jazz is a brand name, and most of the people know what to expect.feedback

Stephanie Brinley - IHS Automotive

I can certainly understand where Model S sales may be softening a little bit because it's an older product. That could be contributing to the issue.feedback

Ari Wald - Oppenheimer Holdings

He added that Tesla will likely continue working in the long-term – so long as the stock remains above that range. The stock was capped below that level from 2014 into 2016. We broke through that level this year. Now we are correcting back; typically the former breakout level becomes support.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

The next biggest battery in the world is 30 megawatts. This is not a minor foray into the frontier ... I'm pretty darn impressed with South Australia willing to do a project of this magnitude that is beyond anything else in the world. There will be a lot of people that will look at this–'Did they get it done within 100 days? Did it work? We are going to make sure it does.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

We challenge our people leaders to hire people that are better than themselves, therefore making the company better with each hire.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

People who really solved the problem, they know exactly how they solved it; they know the little details. It's very important to like the people you work with, otherwise your job is going to be quite miserable.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

The system will be three times more powerful than any system on earth. You can essentially charge up the battery packs when you have excess power and where the cost is very low and it discharges when the cost of production is high – this lowers the average cost per hour to the customer. It's a fundamental efficiency improvement.feedback