Overvalued at $160?
As Tesla shares climb to a new high, it's renewed the debate about whether or not shares of Tesla are overvalued? Or should analysts look at Tesla with the valuation of an auto company or a tech company?
"We're an automotive tech company," Tesla CEO Elon Musk told CNBC Thursday on the automakers plant floor in Fremont, Calif.
"I'm not a fan of trying to pump the stock or trying to convince people the stock should be higher, or even convince people the stock should be where it is now. I actually think the value of Tesla right now, the market is being very generous and it's obviously giving us a lot of credit for future execution."
Investors are betting that Tesla can expand sales from a projected 21,000 this year to well over 100,000 in three to four years when the company rolls out a lower-priced third-generation car. So there's a lot of execution risk built into the bullish sentiment surrounding Tesla right now.
Nobody is more aware of that risk than Musk.
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"I really think the valuation we've gotten is more than we have any right to deserve honestly," said Musk. "We need to make sure we knock the ball out of the park in the coming years."
Betting on Tesla, banking on Musk
When Hop thinks about the risks that could bring Tesla shares, and his sizable investment, crashing down, he worries about earthquakes and Musk stepping down as CEO. "There's definitely some outlying risks with Tesla and Elon leaving is one of them," he said.
Fortunately for Hop, Musk isn't leaving Tesla anytime soon. He's committed to running the company at least through the projected ramp up in production of a third-generation car, which is at least three to four years away.
"I think I get far too much credit for the success of Tesla," said Musk. "The reason we've been successful is because we have a team of people who work super hard. I'm the one who talks about the results but it's not me who did it really, it's the team here who did it."
"Teslanaires" hope Musk and his team continue doing what they're doing.
As for Hop, he's yet to buy a Model S. If and when he cashes in his Tesla investment, paying for a $70,000 Model S shouldn't be a problem. "I'll probably buy one at some point," said Hop.
—By CNBC's Phil LeBeau. Follow him on Twitter @LeBeauCarNews.
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