After delivering more than 250 Model S sedans in the 3rd quarter, Tesla finds itself facing plenty of question marks about whether or not it can ramp up production to 20,000 models next year and go from being a niche automaker to becoming a mass manufacturer. Musk says the concerns are unfounded. "I feel very confident about 2013. We're production limited, not demand limited," said Musk.
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After reporting a loss of $110 Million ($1.05/share) loss last quarter while building approximately 29 Model S sedans per week, this is the quarter when Musk's company goes from walking to running. By the end of the year, Tesla hopes to build 400 Model S vehicles per week. It's a steep increase in production that will tell us a lot about Tesla and whether it can continue meeting expectations. (Click here to get the latest quotes for Tesla.)
Political Punching Bag
A week after the end of the Presidential campaign, Musk can joke about being a "political punching bag." Calling himself a moderate with middle of the road political views, Musk has said little about how he felt about Mitt Romney labeling Tesla "a loser." But then you see a slight smile cross his face and he says, "I'm just glad the election is over. My god, I'm tired of getting pummeled."
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