"We've been pretty accurate on most of the things we've said about the company — not the stock, certainly," said the founder and managing partner of Kynikos Associates.
Last year, Chanos voiced questions about the profitability of Tesla's business, and called the deal between the electric automaker and solar solutions firm SolarCity a "shameful example of corporate governance at its worst."
Tesla co-founder and chief Elon Musk had been chairman of SolarCity when it was a public company. SolarCity was founded by Musk's cousins.
Chanos said Tuesday Tesla is a good example of a cult stock "whereby the market will look at it anyway it wants to, in a glass-half-full kind of mode."
Shares of Tesla are up more than 70 percent so far this year.