Tesla shares (NASDAQ:TSLA) are showing some signs of recovery on Wednesday, as the Model 3’s demand received a favorable outlook from Wall Street. In a recent note, Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives stated that “underlying drivers” for the EV market would likely encourage customers to purchase Tesla’s most affordable electric sedan, despite the focus of other carmakers on larger vehicles such as SUVs.
“Demand for Tesla’s Model 3 mid-size electric sedan looks very strong into 2019 and beyond,” the analyst wrote.
Ives noted that the strong demand for the Model 3 would likely reduce the company’s need to raise capital again in the near future. Tesla’s need for a capital raise has been a big point of concern for the company’s critics, and it has been a particularly notable topic for Elon Musk as well. In his appearance at the Recode Decode podcast, for example, Musk noted that he believes Tesla can remain cash-flow positive mainly by selling its vehicles like the Model 3. As for the Wedbush Securities analyst, he expects Tesla to spend about $2.2 to $2.3 billion in the coming year.
Apart from the Model 3’s strong demand in 2019 and beyond, Ives also highlighted that deliveries to Europe — a region that likely has a pent-up demand for the vehicle — appear to be on schedule. The Wall Street analyst also mentioned that China could very well be a “major growth catalyst” following the company’s recent price adjustments that took effect in the country.
The Tesla Model 3 has proven itself as a successful vehicle in the United States and Canada. Over the course of the year, Tesla passed through challenge after challenge as it ramped the production of the electric sedan. With Musk stating that it is no longer a big deal for Tesla to produce 5,000 Model 3 per week at this point, though, the time appears to have finally come to start delivering the vehicle to other markets.
This Q4, Tesla engaged in a rather assertive campaign promoting the Model 3 to Europe and Asia. In Europe alone, local media reports indicate that Tesla is preparing to send 3,000 Model 3 per week to the region starting February next year. Tesla has also started laying the foundations for the Model 3’s European ramp by starting the rollout of Superchargers that are equipped with both a Type 2 plug and a CCS plug. Images taken of these Superchargers indicate that they are marked specifically as “Model 3 Priority” stalls.
In China, Tesla is adopting an aggressive campaign to push the Model 3 to its ever-growing electric car market. Just recently, Tesla adjusted the prices of its vehicles in China due to adjustments in import tariffs placed on cars entering the Asian country. With the price adjustments in place, some of Tesla’s vehicles — particularly the Model 3 Performance — became competitively priced, even undercutting the prices of rivals like the BMW M3.
As of writing, Tesla shares are trading up +.53% at $296.95.
Disclosure: I have no ownership in shares of TSLA and have no plans to initiate any positions within 72 hours.