Tesla Motors (TSLA) Last Update 4/24/24
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  1. Automotive constitutes 91% of the Trefis price estimate for Tesla Motors's stock.


Tesla's Q1 2024 Earnings

Tesla's Q1 2024 results were weaker than expected as declining EV sales and lower pricing weighed on profitability. While net profit stood at $1.13 billion, declining 55% year-over-year, revenues declined 9% to $21.3 billion.


Tesla is focused on designing, manufacturing, and selling electric vehicles and related technologies. The company's current model line-up includes the Model S luxury sedan, the Model X luxury SUV, the Model 3 sedan, the Model Y compact SUV, and the Cybertruck pickup truck. Tesla also sells renewable energy products such as solar panels and battery technology. The company's upcoming products include the Semi truck and the second-generation Roadster sports car.


Most of Tesla's value comes from its mass-market vehicles, such as its Model 3 and Model Y.

Future model launches

Tesla currently offers five vehicles: Model 3, Model Y, Model S, Model X, and the Cybertruck pickup truck. Tesla is expected to take its first step away from the luxury passenger vehicle market into the commercial space, with plans to launch an all-electric semi-truck.

Transition to EVs should go quicker than expected

President Joe Biden committed that the United States would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% below its 2005 emissions levels by 2030. The U.S. has also pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. We are seeing similar commitments from other developed countries across the world. This means that the process of decarbonizing the transportation space will have to speed up, with gasoline-powered vehicles being replaced with cleaner EVs and hybrids. This should bode well for Tesla, the market leader in the premium EV space.


Falling battery costs to speed up the adoption of electric cars

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the industry average battery cost (cell plus packaging) has declined from $288 per kilowatt-hour to $132 between 2016 and 2021, driven by higher volumes and improved technologies. Although the metric rose a bit in 2022, due to supply chain issues, it fell to about $128 per kilowatt-hour in 2023. Tesla's battery costs are likely to be lower than the broader industry, considering the company is one of the largest EV players, giving it a better scale.

The electric car space is getting increasingly competitive

Mainstream automotive manufacturers are getting more serious about their electric vehicle programs as they look to take advantage of all-electric drive trains' performance and cost advantages. General Motors now offers the Chevy Bolt, an all-electric vehicle with a range of over 200 miles while Nissan launched the second generation of its popular Leaf with an improved 150-mile range. Volkswagen announced it would invest as much as 70 billion euros (~$84 billion) in bringing around 300 electric models to market by 2030.