Tesla (TSLA) gets optimistic outlook from analyst after Model 3 test drive

A snapshot from a drone flyover of the Tesla Fremont factory on June 29, 2018. [Credit: DarkSoldier 360/YouTube]

Tesla stock (NASDAQ:TSLA) is getting a vote of confidence from Wall St. following its massive delivery push during the end of the first quarter. In a recent note, Canaccord Genuity analyst Jed Dorsheimer pointed out that the Model 3, particularly its most affordable variants, could become one of the best-value vehicles available in the market today.

Dorsheimer’s note was published following a visit to Tesla’s Fremont factory, where he was given the opportunity to drive the Standard Plus Model 3. Presently starting at $37,500 before savings, the Standard Plus Model 3 is one step up from the $35,000 version, offering an improved interior, 240 miles of range, a 140 mph top speed, and a 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds. Dorsheimer was impressed with the vehicle during his test drive.

“This introduction and the consumer response to the quantum leap forward in performance will capture the lion-share of current EV offerings. With the performance of a 911 and the price of an Audi A4 or BMW 3 series, we see the Model 3 as the best value proposition currently on the market today,” the analyst wrote.

Following his visit to the Fremont factory, Dorsheimer maintained a “Buy” rating for Tesla stock, as well as a price target of $450 per share.

Apart from the Canaccord analyst, Tesla shares have also received a vote of optimism from Wedbush Securities managing director Dan Ives. In a recent appearance in Bloomberg Technology, the analyst noted that while the first quarter could present some white-knuckle moments for Tesla due to Model 3 delivery delays in Europe and China, the company could see stronger demand for its vehicles in the near future.

“Production continues to be, as we’ve talked about our visits to Giga and Fremont, I think production is obviously ramping to a point we feel very comfortable with. It’s now more of a demand story… We continue to think (in the) second half of the year, demand looks a lot stronger, but this is sort of a white-knuckle period going into this 1Q” Ives said.

All eyes are now on Tesla as it prepares to release its first-quarter vehicle production and delivery report. Signs from Elon Musk seems to hint at the company doing better than expected, with the CEO proving lighthearted and generally relaxed over the final weekend of March. In between fun, self-deprecating, goofy tweets, Musk made it a point to highlight the efforts of the Tesla team in Europe and China, both of which continued vehicle deliveries all the way until the end of the quarter. Musk also tweeted specifically about the Tesla Semi’s production, stating that he is excited to bring the all-electric long-hauler to market.

As of writing, Tesla stock is trading -0.85% at $286.72.

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

Simon Alvarez: Simon is a reporter with a passion for electric cars and clean energy. Fascinated by the world envisioned by Elon Musk, he hopes to make it to Mars (at least as a tourist) someday.
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