Under a major tax overhaul passed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress in 2017, tax credits that lower the cost of electric vehicles are available for the first 200,000 such vehicles sold by an automaker. In the days leading up to New Year's Eve, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter in an effort to encourage potential customers to pull the trigger before the deadline, but didn't mention the pending price reduction. Tesla had previously stoked investor optimism by claiming that improvements in efficiency had reduced the number of labor hours needed to build the Model 3 by 30 percent. The price for this rear-wheel-drive drive model was briefly cut to $45,000 in October, but it was increased by $1,000 just days later.
Ives added that Tesla shares are "hypersensitive to any issue around Model 3" and that it will remain a stock that is "guilty until proven innocent" until it discloses quarterly earnings figures next year.
In 2018, we delivered a total of 245,240 vehicles: 145,846 Model 3 and 99,394 Model S and X. To put our growth into perspective, we delivered nearly as many vehicles in 2018 as we did in all prior years combined.
Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com's Automotive Editor. Model S and X production fell slightly year-on-year, but this was in-line with expectations and likely the result of the company's intense focus on pushing Model 3 development.
Mr Hyett estimated that if Tesla continues to deliver cars at the same rate, the price cut will mean $700 million in lost revenue in 2019.
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Tesla shares fell as much as 9.7% to $300.52 as of 9:36 am on Wednesday in NY.
Tesla will try to disguise the price cuts with the disappearing tax credit or discounts for buyers who refer other customers to Tesla, Ramsey said.
While Tesla reported yet another historic quarter that saw the company delivering an average of 1,000 vehicles per day, Wall Street has not taken kindly to the electric auto maker's Q4 2018 results. The company tracks 22 analysts that forecast an average of 91,046 deliveries during the quarter, according to data Tesla noted.
Shares closed down 6.77 per cent, wiping almost $US5 billion ($7.2 billion) off its market value, as the company reported that in the three months to the end of December it delivered 90,700 cars, up 8 per cent on the record set the previous quarter.