Tesla’s First Quarter 2017 Financial Results Q&A Conference Call will take place on May 3rd at 2:30pm PT (9:30pm GMT).
CEO Elon Musk is expected to discuss details behind the company’s record first quarter delivery numbers as well as touch on production plans for Model 3, which is expected to begin low volume production in July. The questions and answers portion of the earnings call is always a treat, as Musk tends to reveal details about its upcoming product line. It wouldn’t be all that surprising to hear more details about Tesla’s compact utility Model Y.
The serial tech entrepreneur recently fired off tweets sharing that a Tesla Semi truck will be revealed to the public for the first time in September. Musk expressed his personal take on the vehicle, noting that it was “seriously next level.” Given Tesla’s dominance in autonomous driving technology to date, speculation is that the Tesla Semi will also be autonomous, which could revolutionize the trucking industry, while simultaneously rendering millions of truck drivers around the world unemployed.
Finally, as Tesla looks towards next year, the Tesla pickup truck is expected to make its debut. Pickup trucks currently comprise 18% of all vehicles sold in the US. Having a new vehicle catered to this segment will allow Tesla to garner press from an entirely new market.
During Tesla’s last earnings call, Musk shared insight on work that was being done to streamline the manufacturing process for Model 3, noting that it is a car designed to be easy to make. The process will be further streamlined by more efficient “machines that build the machine”. The effort Tesla is putting into improving the efficiency of manufacturing of the vehicle from both sides is unprecedented.
Looking beyond the upcoming July Model 3 launch event, Tesla said during the Q4 2016 earnings call that it would be finalizing the locations of Gigafactories 3, 4 and possibly even 5 this year. Details for the next Gigafactory beyond Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York could be revealed on the earnings call. Competition around the world has been heating up with countries like Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and France all vying for Tesla’s attention.
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