Tesla doubles 2nd quarter net loss to $61.9 million due to r&d expenses

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 3, 2014

Tesla Motors Inc. posted $61.9 million in net loss in the second quarter of 2014, more than doubled the $30.4 million loss it logged in the same period in 2013. The larger loss comes despite Tesla producing and selling record numbers of Model S and logging almost a 90-percent increase in revenue to $769.3 million.

Tesla built 8,763 Model S units and delivered 7,579 of them around the world in the second quarter of the year, and was even “unable to keep pace with increased demand” in North America and Europe.

Tesla said its losses were attributable to r&d expenses that more than doubled to $107.7 million as the carmaker ramp up engineering work on the upcoming Model X crossover bound for production next spring. According to Tesla, operational “alpha” prototypes of the crossover could be ready next week for production design validation.

It added that functional “beta” prototypes on the road could be ready for late-stage testing by the first quarter of 2015. During a conference call with analysts, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk remarked that the carmaker is working on more than just the Model X.

He noted that Tesla’s capital expenditures and r&d figures are better than they appear since it is working on stuff people “don’t know about.” According to Musk, demand for the Model X is already strong, but Tesla is “anti-selling it,” which means the carmaker is withholding details on performance, features and on-sale date from interested buyers so as to support Model S sales.

To cater to the growing demand for the Model S and to get ready for the Model X, Tesla will increase production capacity at its Fremont assembly site in California.

It will install a new final assembly line and additional automation in the body shop – allowing Tesla to hike its weekly output to 1,000 vehicles starting in the fourth quarter and it annual production to 100,000 cars by the end of 2015.

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