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After Tearful Interview, Musk Plans for Providing Tesla Car to The Masses at $25,000

Musk's tweet caused a financial firestorm with Tesla shares immediately skyrocketing by almost 11 per cent, although in the coming days they lost a good part of what they had gained and tanked further after Musk's interview with the NYT

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After giving a “tearful” interview to The New York Times, Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk sat with popular You Tuber Marques Brownlee for a chat, revealing his plans for a mass-market electric vehicle priced as low as $25,000.

“That’s something we could do. If we work really hard i think maybe we could do that in three years,” Musk replied to Brownlee (who goes by the handle @MKBHD on Google-owned YouTube) on Friday.

The interview took place on August 15 but a 17-minute video was uploaded by Brownlee on YouTube on Friday — a week after Musk tweeted about taking Tesla private with “funding secured” that created a storm at the Tesla board and amid market watchers.

According to The Verge, Musk said in the YouTube interview that he hoped to scale production at Tesla and lower their design and technology costs enough to be able to offer a truly mass-market electric vehicle.

Currently, the price for Tesla Model 3 starts from $35,000 and Model S from $75,000.

“Musk also expressed a desire to improve production to the point where Tesla can make two cars at once,” said the report. “We’ve really gotta figure out how to make two new vehicles at the same time,” Musk told Brownlee.

The YouTube interview came a day after Musk spoke to NYT about “excruciating” times at Tesla, noting that he “nearly missed his brother’s wedding this summer and spent his birthday holed up in Tesla’s offices as the company raced to meet elusive production targets on a crucial new model”.

Earlier this week, Musk confirmed that he is closely working with Goldman Sachs and private-equity firm Silver Lake to take the electric carmaker private — a deal that would need nearly $70 billion in funding.

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According to Musk, “two thirds” of Tesla’s current stockholders would be interested in continuing to hold the firm’s shares once it goes private. (VOA)

“I’m excited to work with Silver Lake and Goldman Sachs as financial advisors, plus Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Munger, Tolles & Olson as legal advisors, on the proposal to take Tesla private,” Musk tweeted.

Musk said that in late July, he met Saudi Arabian sovereign fund representatives to discuss the electric carmaker’s possible exit from the stock market.

He said in a statement that the Saudi sovereign fund had first contacted him “at the beginning of 2017 to express (their) interest because of the important need to diversify away from oil”.

“I continue to have discussions with the Saudi fund, and I also am having discussions with a number of other investors, which is something that I always planned to do since I would like for Tesla to continue to have a broad investor base,” he added.

He said he had most recently met with the Saudis on July 31 and left that meeting “with no question that a deal with the… fund could be closed, and that it was just a matter of getting the process moving”.

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“This is why I referred to ‘funding secured’ in the August 7 announcement,” he said, referring to his surprise tweet on that date that he was thinking about taking Tesla private.

According to Musk, “two thirds” of Tesla’s current stockholders would be interested in continuing to hold the firm’s shares once it goes private.

On August 7, Musk surprised the investment world with a Twitter announcement that he was considering taking Tesla private and that the funds needed to do so – which some financial analysts estimate at more than $70 billion – were “secured”.

Musk’s tweet caused a financial firestorm with Tesla shares immediately skyrocketing by almost 11 per cent, although in the coming days they lost a good part of what they had gained and tanked further after Musk’s interview with the NYT. (IANS)

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Tesla Acquires Trucking Firms To Ensure Early Delivery of Model 3: Elon Musk

Musk, who was the Chairman of Tesla for three years, stepped down earlier in September

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Tesla has acquired trucking companies to ensure early delivery of Model 3 and help buyers get tax credits by the end of the year, the electric car company’s CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet on Friday.

Tesla had, originally, suggested that buyers who wanted to take advantage of the full $7,500 EV federal tax incentive would need to order their vehicles by October 15.

However, Tesla has reopened that window and extended it a fair bit.

“Tesla just acquired trucking capacity to ensure Model 3 can be delivered in US by December 31 if ordered by November 30,” Musk tweeted.

He explained that the automaker had “bought some trucking companies” and “secured contracts with major haulers” to avoid future logistical complications that have plagued Tesla as Model 3 deliveries rise dramatically.

That amounts to an extra six weeks of ordering time to take advantage of the $7,500 EV tax incentive before the phase-out begins for deliveries starting on January 1, CNET reported late on Thursday.

Buyers getting new Tesla delivery on or before December 31, will be eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax incentive.

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Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. (Wikimedia Commons)

For deliveries between January 1 and June 30, 2019, the incentive will be halved to $3,750, and it will further be halved for another six months before disappearing entirely.

Those waiting for the fabled $35,000 Model 3 will miss the full incentive, as the vehicle is on target for the first half of 2019, the report said.

While Tesla declined request for additional information, including the names of the acquired companies and those with which Tesla has secured contracts, Musk said that they are going to ship east with the trucks instead of trains, which is shortening the transit times by weeks.

“Skipping rail saves over a month for East Coast deliveries. All things considered, it’s better to use trucks. Single load or unload and direct to owner location,” Musk wrote.

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Musk, who was the Chairman of Tesla for three years, stepped down earlier in September.

He paid a $20 million fine in a deal with the stock market regulatory authority, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to resolve securities fraud charges.

Robyn Denholm from Telstra has been appointed as the Chairwoman of the Tesla Board. Musk, however, remains as Tesla’s chief executive and the biggest investor. (IANS)