Over $2 billion in sales (not bad for a startup)20 months after the first Model S was delivered for the first time to a customer, Tesla is doing rather well. The relatively young automotive startup has sold for over $2 billion of electric cars during 2013. That's 22,477 EVs for the full year and 6,892 during the last 3 months of the year. Not to shabby, eh?
And they're apparently just getting started: They're predicting 55% vehicle delivery growth in 2014, which would mean about 35,000 EVs total and 1,000/week at the end of the year, as well as completion of the Supercharger network in North-America (and more stations around the world too).
So far, Tesla owners have driven 200 million cumulative miles on electricity.
Free connectivity for 4 yearsThere's also yet another new perk of owning a Tesla: "To further enhance the driver experience, new Model S customers will now receive free data connectivity and Internet radio for four years. As an added benefit to our existing Model S customers, the free four year period starts on January 1, 2014. To be fair to all, in rare cases a customer may be charged for extreme data use."
China here we comeTesla is planning its first official deliveries of Model S electric cars in China for this spring. This follows the build out of stores and service centers there, with their Beijing store being their largest store in the world.
Gigafactory details coming next weekDetails on the Tesla-operated battery 'gigafactory' will apparently come next week, and Musk is confident that this could lead to a "major reduction in the cost of our battery packs and accelerate the pace of battery innovation." This will be necessary for them to create a new "compelling and affordable" electric car within three years.
Musk on Apple, acquisition rumorsHere's an interview that Elon Musk gave to Bloomberg where he discusses the possiblity of Tesla being acquired, and whether or not he talked with Apple:
Here's the money quote on Apple:
"If one or more companies had approached us last year about such things there's no way we could really comment on that. We had conversations with Apple, I can't comment on whether those revolved around any kind of acquisition. "
Would they consider selling the company to a bigger play?
"If there was a scenario where it seemed like it would be more likely that we would be able to create the mass market sort of affordable, compelling car then possibly it would make sense to entertain those discussions. I don't currently see any scenario that would improve that probability, so that's why I think it's very unlikely."