Tesla posts second quarter loss, revenue climbs, Model S on track

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Tesla Motors reported a second-quarter loss on higher research and development costs as the Palo Alto, California based automaker prepares to launch the Model S electric sedan in 2012. Tesla reported a second-quarter net loss of $38.5 million, compared to a loss of $10.8 million a year ago. Revenue for the electric-car maker was $28.4 million up 5.4 percent from a year ago.

“We are very pleased to report higher gross margins and steady top-line growth, driven by our best quarter for new Roadster orders since the third quarter of 2008 and our growing powertrain activities,” said Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors.

Tesla, which went public in June, does not expect to return profit until it starts selling a significant number of Model S sedans that will hit markets in 2012. Tesla said that Model S sedan launch remains on track and said that it made significant achievements in design, engineering and manufacturability during the quarter.

“The engineering of the Model S continues at a rapid pace,” Musk said. “We have completed the design of the Model S to a level of precision sufficient for us to release the CAD data to external suppliers. Laboratory testing of prototype powertrain components for the Model S has also been kicked-off.”

Refresher: The Tesla Model S sedan can be recharged from any 120v, 208v or 240v outlet. Depending on which Model S trim-level you chose, the all-electric sedan will provide you with a total range of 160, 230 or 300 miles per charge. 0 to 60 comes in just 5.6 seconds with a top speed that is limited to 130 mph. Pricing is expected to come in at $49,900 after a federal tax credit of $7,500. A $5,000 reservation fee is required but is refundable.

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– By: Omar Rana