Elon Musk Hosted a Tesla ‘All Hands’ Meeting. Here’s What Happened.

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Updated Sept. 3, 2021 8:27 americium ET / Original Sept. 3, 2021 8:11 americium ET

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Things are getting more complicated for electrical conveyance person Tesla.

The institution is balancing the summation of caller models, caller capableness and caller employees, each during a pandemic and semiconductor shortage that is constraining planetary car production. The rising complexity mightiness beryllium wherefore CEO Elon Musk wanted to chat with employees.

Musk held an all-hands gathering that each Tesla (ticker: TSLA) employees could dial into, according to reports. Tesla didn’t instantly respond to a petition for comment.

There was bully quality and atrocious quality for investors.

The atrocious quality is that the Cybertruck is facing delays. Investors already knew transportation of Telsa’s light-duty pickup had slipped from 2021 into 2022. Now it looks arsenic if accumulation successful measurement won’t travel earlier 2023.

That puts Tesla down Ford Motor (F), Rivian, and perchance General Motors (GM) successful the contention to motorboat an all-electric truck astatine a standard of tens of thousands of units a year.

On the affirmative side, 2023 besides appears to beryllium the twelvemonth Tesla plans to motorboat a smaller exemplary costing astir $25,000. Musk and Tesla absorption person talked astir a lower-cost exemplary for months. That is bully for the institution due to the fact that it volition dramatically grow the marketplace Tesla tin address.

A Telsa Model 3 Sedan starts astatine astir $40,000 successful the U.S. today. It’s inactive a higher-end sedan, costing astir $60,000 successful definite configurations.

To date, fewer details person emerged astir the tiny model. Now analysts and investors volition commencement to enactment 2023 into their fiscal models.

The cardinal to selling a low-cost EV, of course, is getting artillery costs down. Tesla has managed to rise its gross nett per car sold from astir $11,000 to astir $15,000 implicit the past 2 years. That happened portion mean selling prices dropped from astir $56,000 to $51,000 per car.

Musk besides told employees that September would beryllium a engaged period for deliveries, Tesla typically delivers astir of its cars successful the final month of a quarter.

Tesla delivered much than 200,000 vehicles successful the 2nd quarter. Analysts are projecting astir 224,000 vehicles to beryllium delivered successful the 3rd quarter. The planetary spot shortage, however, volition marque quarterly accumulation and deliveries a small much breathtaking than usual.

Tesla banal isn’t doing overmuch successful effect to the premix of news. Shares were up astir 0.4% successful premarket trading. Futures connected the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average were some up astir 0.2%. Futures connected the Nasdaq Composite —home to galore richly valued tech stocks similar Tesla—were up astir 0.2% arsenic well.

So acold successful 2021, Tesla shares are up astir 4% twelvemonth to date, trailing down the 21% comparable summation of the S&P 500. Still, Tesla banal is up astir 80% implicit the past 12 months and roseate 743% successful 2020.

Write to Al Root astatine allen.root@dowjones.com

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