What’s the ultimate goal of Elon Musk? As some would have it, he’s a money grubber who only exists because of government “subsidies” (presumably a reference to the federal EV tax credit, which is open to consumers buying electric cars from any auto manufactures, and to California’s air pollution reduction programs). As others would have it, he’s a savior of the world who will “colonize” Mars and transition the world away from fossil fuels
Much has been written about Elon Musk’s use of the scientific method and first principles thinking. Oftentimes, Musk is pigeon-holed as a hyper-logical, robotic decision maker. Not true. It’s a misperception that doesn’t align with Musk’s real-world experience at his companies, SpaceX and Tesla. In contrast, Elon Musk displays a boldly wild imagination and high tolerance for risk
The Tesla Q4 earnings call reported a smaller loss per share and higher revenue. Tesla reconfirmed its Model 3 production targets and predicted significant growth in its solar and storage business in 2018.