In April, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he expected the company to become profitable and cash-flow positive in the second half of this year.
On July 1, Tesla said it produced 7,000 cars in a week, including 5,000 Model 3 electric sedans to close the quarter. The feat led Musk to send a triumphant e-mail to his tens of thousands of employees saying that Tesla has finally become a "real car company."
But questions loom about Tesla's financial position. The company's long-term debt has grown from about $2.5 billion at the end of 2014 to $10.8 billion at the end of last year. Tesla ended the first quarter with a cash balance of $2.7 billion. It said then that it still expects to spend $3 billion this year.
The electric vehicle maker will likely need a cash infusion to manifest its many visions. For example, Tesla has yet to make the basic $35,000 version of its Model 3 vehicle available to reservation holders and other customers.
It isn't yet mass-manufacturing or selling its glass solar roof tiles, a product Musk touted to rationalize the acquisition of SolarCity in 2016, a deal that also contributed to Tesla's debt.
Other exciting projects like a new Model Y, a Tesla Semi truck and new factories, including one in Shanghai, should also require significant capital, as will further expansion of Tesla's charging network, service business and showrooms around the world.
On Tuesday morning, Tesla shares were trading up about 1 percent ahead of the company's Q2 earnings report on Wednesday.
Here is Tesla's full statement on the practice of enlisting workers from other parts of the company to help with vehicle production:
"We've historically encouraged employees from around the company who want to assist in delivering vehicles or helping out in the factory towards the end of the quarter. This is purely voluntary and intended to help give employees in different departments a firsthand look at what goes into building and delivering our vehicles. While this has been a good thing in the past, it has never had a major impact on production and employees are only put in roles that are appropriate for their skills and abilities. Regardless, this will likely happen less moving forward since, as we've previously announced, we're in the process of smoothing out our deliveries through the quarter."