But Musk stressed there should be "zero" doubt of hitting the 10,000 mark next year.
The outright purchase of residential solar systems rather than via the lease model were said to have accounted for 37% of deployments in the second quarter, up from 31% in the previous quarter.
"We are not at this point considering an equity raise, we are thinking about debt", Musk said on the company's second-quarter earnings call. Adjusted for one-time expenses, Tesla reported a $220 million loss, or $1.33 per share. The company last month handed over the keys to the first 30 of its Model 3 sedans to Tesla employees at a Los Angeles event.
"We know this. We signed up for it". Tesla finished out the quarter with roughly $3.03 billion in cash, which is less than the $4 billion it held during the prior period.
A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Lincoln National Corp bought a new position in Tesla during the first quarter valued at approximately $226,000.
Revenue rose to $US2.79 billion from $US1.27 billion, beating analysts' average estimate of $US2.51 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Tesla saw significant growth in its energy generation and storage business, which contributed about 14 percent of its revenues. Making 500,000 vehicles in a year, as Tesla has vowed to do, would mean increasing its 2016 production nearly sixfold, according to Reuters. The high-end roofs are designed for aesthetics - high efficiency solar cells are embedded into tiles - and durability. It's expected to compete with the Bolt and soon-to-come new models like the all-electric BMW 3-series and all-new Nissan Leaf.
The company has about 455,000 net reservations for the vehicle, according to Mr Musk. Sumitomo Life Insurance Co.'s holdings in Tesla were worth $1,079,000 as of its most recent SEC filing. The bigger the return, the more efficient management is in utilizing its asset base.
The Model 3 is created to provide Tesla with gross margins "comparable to Model S and Model X as production scales into 2018", even without tax and other government incentive programs, which should mean the demand will translate well into benefit for its bottom line, once it can get over the production hump and start making them at scale. That was up 53 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
But Musk was more specific Friday night, when the company made its first deliveries of the new vehicle in front of several hundred company workers and journalists at the factory in Fremont. Musk said Tesla has also seen new interest in the Model S and Model X.
Until Friday, when the first 30 Model 3s were sold to company employees, Tesla had released few details about its newest vehicle and its pricing structure - meant to lower the entry barrier into the company's luxury niche. Overseas deliveries will start in late 2018. Sacconaghi has a success rate of 69% and is ranked #204 out of 4638 analysts, while Kallo has a success rate of 59% and is ranked #533.
Capital expenditures were $959 million in Q2, as we invested in Model 3 capacity in Fremont, in Gigafactory 1, and in the expansion of our customer support infrastructure.
The first Model 3s to be built will primarily be more expensive variations, at $US44,000, equipped with longer-range battery packs and autopilot features that enable the cars to be driven primarily by computer. Musk had earlier said that the SUV, due out in about two years, would have its own platform. Credit Suisse maintained Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) on Tuesday, April 5 with "Outperform" rating.
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