Tesla has sent an email to vehicle reservation holders and other potential buyers outlining the plan for the removal of "Metallic Silver" and "Obsidian Black". "This will be effective on Thursday, September 13, 2018, after which Metallic Silver and Obsidian Black Metallic will be offered only as limited edition colors via special request at a cost of $2,000 only until Friday, September 21, 2018".
In addition to removing the two colors, Tesla also chose to raise prices on two other paint options, Pearl White Multi-Coat and Red Multi-Coat.
A Tesla spokesperson expanded on the changes when reached by Reuters. Clearly, as added by experts, Tesla is still a greenhorn when it comes to mass production.
"To ditch paint options won't be the last action to simplify the vehicle production. They still need a lot production know-how", said Frank Schwope, an analyst with NORD/LB.
The note said a United States securities probe following Musk's brief flirtation with taking the electric auto maker private was unlikely to have an impact, although the frequent turnover of senior Tesla executives was more concerning.
Musk's recent "erratic behavior", including the online appearance and comments to the press and analysts, prompted analysts at Nomura Instinet on Tuesday to lower their recommendation to neutral from buy until they see what happens with management.
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They were described as being about 40 years old and believed to be travelling under fake names. Russian Federation retaliated by kicking out a similar number of those countries' envoys.
According to a CNN report, the CEO also announced a few leadership changes, including a promotion for Jerome Guillen, former VP of sales and services, who has been appointed as president of Tesla automotive and will report directly to Musk.
Quality is more important than speedIn the near term, Tesla is going to focus on the more profitable models, Acevedo said.
Jonas said he has "no knowledge" that an equity buyout is being considered by Tesla.
The stock fell 2.6 percent in pre-market trading on Tuesday.
The latest tweet follows a chaotic week for the carmaker after Musk was filmed smoking marijuana and wielding a sword on a live show, and a tumultuous August during which he proposed and then abruptly pulled the plug on a go-private deal for the company.
The stock closed up 8.5 percent on Monday after two brokerages said the company could meet its production targets for the second half of the year.