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Tesla registers 5,009 new Model 3 VINs as TSLA retakes $50B market cap

Amidst the continued recovery of Tesla stock (NASDAQ:TSLA) on Monday’s intraday, reports have emerged that the electric car maker has registered more than 5,000 new Model 3 VINs.

The batch of new Model 3 VINs was posted on Twitter by Matthew Koloski on Monday. According to the Tesla enthusiast, the Elon Musk-led company has registered 5,009 Model 3 VINs, with the highest number being 39,263. Interacting with members of the r/TeslaMotors subreddit, Koloski noted that none of the new VINs represented dual-motor AWD variants of the Model 3.

During Tesla’s Q1 2018 earnings call, Elon Musk described how the company had so far been a “leaky server of information.” Responding to a question from Baird analyst Ben Kallo about the current state of the electric car’s production line, Musk stated that any information he provides would likely become public knowledge after a few weeks, due to the careful tracking of the company’s registrations and shipments.

“Tesla’s such a leaky server of information that I think the news will leak pretty quickly. Also people track registrations very closely. So at most, any information that we provide would be 1 week or 2 in advance of what will become public knowledge just due to vehicle registrations and shipments that are tracked very carefully,” Musk said.

Considering Musk’s remarks, it does appear like tracking the VIN registrations, while not a foolproof way to estimate the current production levels of the Model 3, still provides a useful overview of where the company stands with regards to the manufacture of its most ambitious vehicle to date.

The registration of Tesla’s new Model 3 VINs stands in line with the estimates outlined in a leaked email from Elon Musk last month. In that particular message, Musk noted that the Model 3 line would be shut down temporarily in April in order to roll out some upgrades for its facilities. After the shutdown, however, Musk stated that Tesla would be poised to manufacture up to 3,000-4,000 Model 3 per week.

Over the course of the past few months, Tesla’s VIN registrations have been increasing in number. Exactly two weeks ago, Tesla registered 5,170 new Model 3 VINs — one of the largest batches yet. With this in mind, a production rate of 3,000-4,000 Model 3 per week is starting to seem feasible.

Tesla stock opened strong on Monday. After continuing its recovery during pre-market trading, TSLA continued its climb during Monday’s intraday. As of writing, Tesla stocks are up 3.34% at $303.92 per share, pushing the electric car company’s market share past the $50 billion-mark to $50.37 billion. If Tesla continues rising, the company could actually cover the losses it incurred last Thursday, when shares nosedived amid the fallout of Elon Musk’s actions towards Wall Street during the Q1 2018 earnings call.

Disclosure: I have no ownership in shares of TSLA and have no plans to initiate any positions within 72 hours.

Tesla registers 5,009 new Model 3 VINs as TSLA retakes $50B market cap
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