We’re used to South African billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, letting the cat out of the bag, or at least letting us know there is a cat in the bag, ahead of the official announcements, but why does he have to tease us like this?
Elon Musk, said in a recent interview, “People have gotten used to us showing all of our cards. *pause for dramatic effect* We’re not currently showing all of our cards. Our capital expenditure and research and development numbers are better than they appear because there are things you don’t know about.” As a technology / automobile company, Tesla Motors, in spite of being publicly traded, is somewhat of an enigma when it comes to its finances, because it runs like an automobile company, but reports like a technology company. Because of this, there are a number of theories as to how much TSLA is really worth, and if investors should “know when to hold, know when to fold, know when to walk away, know when to run.” (Thank you, Mr. Rogers.)
Elon Musk apparently has an Ace up his sleeve, but damned if anyone knows what it is. Here’s the thing, Tesla Motors has been pouring R&D money into an as-yet-undisclosed project. We already know about the Tesla Model X, Tesla Model 3, possible Tesla Roadster upgrades. And we can’t forget the multi-billion-dollar investment going into one or more Tesla Gigafactory locations, but what else is there? Who knows, is Mr. Musk shuffling money between other companies in his portfolio? We already know about SolarCity solar panels being backed up by Tesla Motors’ other battery products.
What about one of Elon Musk’s other ideas? Someone turn on the rumor mill, please? How about that hinted Tesla Motors pickup truck (Tesla Model T?) that he teased Texas legislators with? Is it possible that some pretty impressive resumes resulted in Tesla autonomous drive ahead of the competition? Maybe there’s something in a five-minute Tesla Supercharger (Ultracharger? ÜberCharger? FlashCharger?) that Mr. Straubel, Tesla Motors co-founder, mentioned was a possibility. Maybe it’s something completely different.
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