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Tesla delivers on first-quarter profit promise

Original post made on May 8, 2013

Tesla delivered on its promise for the first quarter of 2013 to be its first profitable one -- earning $11 million in profit from $562 million in revenue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 4:23 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by Chris Zaharias, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 9, 2013 at 12:21 am

In other news, 90% of S model sales were to Palo Alto residents. S models have yet to be see outside the peninsula.


Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 9, 2013 at 12:35 am

@Chris - It is like a Prius but better, because you can feel good about yourself and show off how much money you have at the same time.


Posted by Just heard..., a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

Heard last night, from an insider, that there were some errors in the report about profit. Tesla merely broke even, but hey, that's a start!

Seems dumb, tho, if the client base is on the Peninsula that Tesla is moving to San Jose.


Posted by Staying in PA, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on May 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

Tesla isn't moving to San Jose. Back in 2009 there was talk of building a plant from scratch in SJ, but they're settled in PA for the HQ and Fremont for the manufacturing plant.


Posted by KP, a resident of South of Midtown
on May 9, 2013 at 11:16 am

Error/correct info?! Doesn't matter to me...the stock went up $15 today!
I Love Tesla!
And yes, Mr. Recycle, you can feel better, cuz you LOOK BETTER than a stupid prius...at least Tesla owners will most likely go the speed limit and go faster in the fast lane - unlike prius drivers (can't stand them!!) LOL, I really do!


Posted by Hate Prius, a resident of College Terrace
on May 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

Tried to buy a Tesla this past Fall.....they wanted 50% down in advance before even placing an order. That was $55,000 down for the S model with the largest battery! Then we could finance the rest for three years. Thanx, but no thanx.

BTW, Tesla IS moving its showroom from Menlo Park to San Jose this summer. Seems silly, when most of the buyers are right here. I have yet to see a Tesla south of Mtn View.


Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on May 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Why are there so many grumpy people that just complain about the Prius all the time? I think they are great cars. Amazing engineering. I test drove one several months back and I would get one if I really needed a car, they are comfortable, roomy, peppy, reasonably priced, and they get over 40 mpg, some friends report 45 mpg ... what is to hate about that? Nothing. Just jealous. Cars are cars.

I'm glad Tesla is doing well, but I am not ready to buy an all electric car that has limited range, especially for such a pile of cash. Probably should not be living in Palo Alto since I don't have tons of cash to throw away, but more power to those who do ... as long as they pay their taxes too! ;-)


Posted by Not sure about your deal, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm

$5k is the down required to build the car. It has been that for a long time.


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