Tesla Motors Stock History
In the Summer of 2010, Tesla motors opened it's stock for trade and became an official public company - the first since the Ford motor company in the 1950s. At a stock price in the high teens, investing in a piece of the electric car paradigm was a bargain. Over the course of the next couple of years, the stock took a slow but steady increase.
In 2013, shortly after the introduction of the Tesla Model S, the stock surged upward more than quadrupling in value. The surge in value has caught the eye of a wealthy number of investors as the payoff became tangible for the many who took their bets in the future of the electric car in 2010. As of April 10th, 2015 the stock sits at $210.90.
Tesla Car - "Autopilot"
For the green eco-enthusiasts of the world, investing in a company like Tesla is a no-brainer. However, for those carefully planning their financial future, there are a few things to take into consideration.
Analysts have had high hopes for the stock, but have recognized equally its high volatility. When looking at what Tesla is and has been able to deliver – a high priced luxury car in the sporty electric market – it is clear the team has the capability and originality to push the limits. In fact, near the time of writing this article, Tesla announced an upcoming roll-out of its “AutoPilot” system – a self-driving mechanism each and every Tesla Model S on the road is currently capable of. With a download over the internet, these vehicles will have some self-driving capabilities, though Tesla is not making available the full functionality just yet.
The Tesla Model 3
Perhaps more important to take into consideration is the full ramp-up of the newest, economy car from Tesla: the model 3. The production of the model 3, an electric car for the masses has been key to Tesla’s long-term plan since inception.
In an interview with Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, he described his long-term plan and ultimate goal - to make mass market electric vehicles a reality. The model 3 is the answer to this goal, and is a model Tesla has been strategically working toward developing over its current life.
The goal of the model 3 is "affordability" - to be able to place an electric car within reach of the average consumer. If anything, the mass production and sale of this vehicle should set a whole new surge in the value of Tesla Motors, thus its stock price.
The reveal of the Tesla Model 3 is slated for 2016, with the first cars expected to roll off production lines as soon as 2017. Should the price point (Sub-$35K) and range (200 miles or better) live up to the hype, we may be seeing a new surge in price once again around delivery of that vehicle.
Would you buy a Tesla?
To buy or not to buy?
Should you hold off to buy until the release of the model 3? Unfortunately, this is something difficult to decide. You will need to keep pace with Tesla’s progress to determine their capabilities of delivering on their goals. Should Tesla continue to meet their announced goals, I would give it the green signal – however should delays cripple the stock price, I would wait until their future is more visible.