Michael Krewson

Tesla Motors vs. General Motors

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The numbers tell the story: In the five years from 2012 to 2016, GM spent $16.8 billion on stock buybacks.  Just to give you some perspective, that cash represents 30 percent of the value of the company, assuming GM’s current market cap of $56 billion. Meanwhile, Tesla is investing $5 billion to build the Gigafactory, which will dramatically lower the price of electric vehicle batteries, and help Tesla produce their Model 3 at scale. (Disclosure: We own shares in Tesla.)

By 2020, Elon Musk says, Tesla will have the ability to produce up to one million electric vehicles per year.


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