Elon Musk tells Tesla staff to 'go all out' as prospect of quarterly loss looms

Tesla had managed to carve out a $16 million net profit in the first quarter but the second quarter may slam the brakes in the string of good performances.Elon Musk is looking at avoiding it by telling employees each car they help in making would make a difference.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Written By : Shubhodeep Chakravarty
| Updated on: 30 Jun 2020, 09:06 AM
File photo - A Tesla Model S electric vehicle drives along a row of occupied superchargers at Tesla's primary vehicle factory in Fremont, California. (REUTERS)
File photo - A Tesla Model S electric vehicle drives along a row of occupied superchargers at Tesla's primary vehicle factory in Fremont, California. (REUTERS)
File photo - A Tesla Model S electric vehicle drives along a row of occupied superchargers at Tesla's primary vehicle factory in Fremont, California. (REUTERS)
File photo - A Tesla Model S electric vehicle drives along a row of occupied superchargers at Tesla's primary vehicle factory in Fremont, California.

A day before the end of the second quarter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reportedly told his employees that breaking even for the three-month period may be a tough prospect and that they should 'go all out' to ensure it happens. While this may not be his first communication to them asking for efforts to be increased, it may be the most urgent as a quarterly loss looms large due to lockdown shutting down Tesla's California plant for nearly two months.

(Also read: Musk terms Jeff Bezos a copycat)

According to a report in Associated press, Musk sent out an email to Tesla employees in which he highlighted how much of a difference each car made by them makes to the company overall. The company employs around 48,000 people and is leading the charge in the sphere of electric mobility. Reports suggest that while it is scheduled to announce its quarterly deliveries on Thursday, it has not yet put out a date for the release of its second-quarter financial numbers.

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Tesla share prices jumped past $1,000 shortly after details of Musk's email to his employees emerged. (Full report here)

Tesla stock has touched new highs after a bit of a dip earlier this year even if some analysts have warned that the company won't be able to justify these prices. Musk himself has tweeted about the prices being too high. He may be under pressure.

(Also read: Tesla scrapes the bottom in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study in US)

While Tesla boosted sales around the world once lockdown restrictions began to be gradually eased in countries where it has a strong presence, the company has reportedly suffered production delays and does also make news for post-sales troubles with products. Musk had previously asked him employees to look at minimising rectification needs and step up production of Model Y, the company's latest crossover SUV.

First Published Date: 30 Jun 2020, 08:27 AM IST
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