Tesla Posts Massive Delivery Numbers In Q3

Before this pandemic started Tesla was riding a massive wave as electric vehicles rose to prominence. Then things got spooky when Tesla was forced to shut down their Freemont factory as the entire auto industry went down the drain. But Tesla held fast and managed to get Model Y production up to speed shortly after Freemont reopened. And they managed to make it past these obstacles unscathed, posting a profit in Q2 2020.

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OH NO Tesla Is On A LOSING STREAK

Given our recent coverage of TSLA, you wouldn’t be blamed for assuming that things are going very well for them. In anticipation of their 5-to-1 stock split on August 28th, the stock shot up above $2000 a share. But since then, things haven’t been going so well for them, at least if you trust this article from Market Watch.

3 days.

Tesla stock has gone down for 3 consecutive days.

THREE DAYS.

This article is one of the top results if you search “TSLA” on Google. I’m sure this headline has caused many Tesla investors to panic. This downturn comes after Tesla disclosed that a major investor of theirs has sold off a decent chunk of their shares.

If you are an average investor, with some stake in Tesla that you hope to grow over time, you should not be worried. I’m certain many users over at /r/wallstreetbets making risky bets options trading have lost thousands of $$$. If that is your investment strategy then staying aware of the day-to-day moves of TSLA is certainly important.

But this is not bad news for Tesla. They made a profit in Q2 during the middle of a worldwide pandemic while the rest of the automotive industry has been rocked by record low demand. They’re building a new factory in Austin Texas to build the Cybertruck.

I hardly think a 3-day dip in stock performance after months of growth is newsworthy. But I’m not short-term options trading. For those who are brave enough to dip their toes in that world, this information could literally ruin lives. I don’t mean to throw shade at Market Watch, they’re covering information that people need to know. But it blows my mind that this type of coverage is even required in the first place.

The stock market is wack, so it makes sense that coverage of it is equally crazy.

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Why Tesla Won’t Let You Modify Their Software (And Why That Might Be A Good Thing)

Hot rod culture has been around for as long as car culture. Ever since man found a way to get from point A to point B, we’ve been strapping new things on our cars to get there just a little bit faster. But what if rather than say, swapping out a few belts for an extra 50 horsepower, you just had to modify your car’s software?

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TSLA Launches Above $2000 A Share

Tesla Stock Rocket

One year ago, Tesla stock sat at just above $420 a share. In the past year, we’ve seen Tesla secure their market dominance and overcome numerous obstacles. Their stock continued to rise as they became the world’s most valued auto manufacturer, hitting roughly $1337 a share late week. That over triple where it sat just a year ago. But after Tesla announced a 5 for 1 stock split on August 11th, their share price has rocketed up to over $2000.

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Full Self-Driving Might Be Closer Than We Expected

We’ve been hearing that full self-driving has been on the horizon for years at this point. With many failed promises from Tesla, and the release of FSD being constantly pushed back, it doesn’t feel like it’s ever coming. But we’ve gotten a new expected release date from Elon Musk. And this time, it might actually be happening.

We’ve known for quite some time that Tesla has been working on a complete rewrite of the foundation of Autopilot. This has naturally slowed visible progress on Autopilot, as the majority of work was being done behind the scenes. We have still seen some progress, such as the interesting traffic light and stop sign control feature. But the addition of that feature still doesn’t get us anywhere near FSD.

That rewrite is nearly done, and apparently we can expect the first rollout of FSD in 6-10 weeks.

This “quantum leap” could be very exciting. With the rewrite of Autopilot nearly finished, we’ll finally see all the work Tesla has been putting in over the past couple of years. Things like traffic light and stop sign control and summon were really just finding ways to push the limits of the old system. But with the new system, Elon says he can make his commute with almost 0 interventions. That is light-years ahead of what we’ve got currently.

But I am worried that Elon says “Almost at zero interventions”. Almost 0 interventions is still more than 0 interventions. I wouldn’t say it’s full self-driving if it still requires some intervention. That almost could be interpreted in many ways. It would only require intervention in rare circumstances, and Elon used almost to not imply Autopilot is a perfect system.

But I think there are real problems with an almost perfect system. I’d say it may even be more dangerous than an obviously imperfect system. People have been abusing the limited capabilities of Autopilot for years. If the system only rarely requires intervention, I imagine many more drivers will be act carelessly.

I could be worried about nothing. But if the new Autopilot system isn’t able to handle almost every situation safely, at least parking the car when conditions are not favorable for the system, we will have problems. I’m sure Tesla has thought of this, and hopefully, the system does a good job of alerting drivers when they need to take control.

I just hope we don’t see too many people falling asleep at the wheel. This is a very new technology and it will take time to audit it’s capabilities and establish regulations. Hopefully we won’t see too many careless drivers before that happens.

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Tesla Battery Day Confirmed September 22nd

We finally have a concrete date for Tesla’s upcoming annual shareholder meeting. Tesla battery day will give us a hint at the future of EV battery technology. Originally set to be held in April, the company talk had to be delayed due to the Coronavirus with no set date in place. But they just confirmed the date in an SEC filing, and we can see the future of battery technology on September 22nd.

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Tesla Is Running A Victory Lap In Their New Short Shorts

Things are going well for Tesla right now. They’ve absolutely crushed expectations delivering over 90,000 new cars during Q2 2020. TSLA shot through the roof, currently sitting above $1,300 a share. Those who have been shorting Tesla stock since the beginning are mad. They never had faith that Tesla could achieve greatness. They were wrong, and now Elon is running a victory lap.

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Tesla Crushes Expectations In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Tesla Stock Rocket

We haven’t really been sure how Tesla has been doing for the past few months. They’ve faced large obstacles such as lowered demand due to widespread economic hardship and the shutdown of their Freemont factory. The rest of the automotive industry has been completely shaken up. But investor confidence remained high, as the stock soared past $1000 a share. Things are looking a lot more clear now, and they crushed delivery expectations despite all the obstacles presented by this pandemic.

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Tesla Really Needs To Work On Their Quality Control

It’s no secret that Tesla has problems with fit and finish on their new cars. Reports of panel gaps and problems with paint flooded the internet shortly after the launch of the Model 3. And it seems like the launch of the Model Y may have been even worse. J.D. Power has rated Tesla as the lowest quality car manufacturer in its 2020 initial quality study. How can Tesla build consumer confidence that they make quality cars?

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