Tesla Motors, Inc. is an American auto maker that specializes in the creation of electric cars. It was founded in July 2003 and first gained attention after the announcement of the Tesla Roadster. The company is valued at $29.2 billion; a large cap stock. Some competitors are GM, Ford, Toyota and Nissan, each significantly larger in cap than Tesla. Tesla’s Model S has turned Tesla Motors into a significant and competitive company.
10/19/16: All Tesla Vehicles Being Produced Now Have Self-Driving Hardware
Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, announced that all new vehicles will have self-driving hardware, including the upcoming Model 3. The hardware being installed includes cameras mounted behind the windshield, two on each side of the car, and one in the rear, for a total of 8 cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors to detect blind-spot movement. This should increase earnings in the future because, as of now, Teslas are some of the only residential cars with the feature. Tesla has been huge in the news as of late, stock price is unpredictable.
10/28/16: Elon Musk Announces Solar Roof Tiles
During a presentation, Elon Musk explained that Tesla would begin to produce solar roof tiles to power heating, electricity and, if you have one, a Tesla vehicle. The tiles will take in solar energy during the day and store the energy in a battery to be used at any time. This energy will then power all electronics, as well as heating. It will also provide energy to power the Power Wall, which charges your Tesla vehicle, indefinitely. The shingles will come in four different styles that provide the same features: textured glass, slate glass, Smooth glass and Tuscan glass. They are scheduled to start at a price point of around $70,000 compared to a $20,000 asphalt roof and $45,000 slate roof, based on a 3,000 sq ft. house. There is no known release date, but these roofs will presumably end up on everyone’s homes, with around 5 million new roofs installed each year in the US alone. Tesla is a buy-and-hold-on-tightly stock for the next, God knows, how many years. Very good investment.
Stock price is unbearably over-valued from a P/E standpoint, buy from an upside and potential standpoint, a good investment (in my humble opinion.) Teslas are becoming outrageously popular with some 300,000 pre-orders on the upcoming Model 3, which requires a $1,000 down payment. My opinion on the stock is a strong buy because I LOVE where the company is headed and its innovation is thrilling. Investing in the company is very risky as the company is very innovative but has failed to earn money in every quarter but two this year. The numbers show that this company should be avoided, but with high risk comes high return, so invest at your own risk!