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The 25-year-old retail investor tweeted at Elon Musk on Monday, seeking to ask him a "crowdsourced" question during Wednesday's conference call.

The raw numbers reflected Tesla's efforts to ramp up production over the quarter: Net loss widened to a record $784.6 million for the quarter, but revenue rose to $3.41 billion, outdoing analysts' estimates.

The Moody's ratings agency early last month downgraded the company's credit further into junk status, saying Tesla might run out of cash if it did not raise more than $2 billion.

To achieve profitability, Tesla will have to reverse what today amounts to a $22,584 pre-tax loss per vehicle built by the Silicon Valley company.

In one of the most freaky earnings calls we have ever heard, Tesla refused to address analyst questions on capex, cash burn and other "boring bonehead questions" while providing commentary on "barnacle" like third-party contractors and anecdotes on an ineffectual "flufferbot". His performance Wednesday revealed his willingness to bite the hand that feeds, ridiculing representatives of Wall Street's biggest banks who tried to pinpoint how he'd live up to his promises to build more Model 3 sedans and generate cash in the second half of the year. According to Musk, the company wants to make 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week in "about two months".

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From the report, it is clear that Tesla is attracting a lot of money through sales, but is also burning through cash at an alarming rate. Musk said the company is also working on reducing its spending this year and Tesla expects to spend less than $3 billion on capital expenses this year, compared to $3.4 billion in 2017. Robots already play a considerable role in the process but Musk is betting heavily on them finally allowing the company to produce the magic number of cars (5,000) per month in order for it to be profitable.

But it now looks like the plans might have changed again as Tesla is learning from mistakes that led to a very slow Model 3 production ramp and applying the knowledge to the development of the Model Y. "We're going to scrub barnacles on that front", he said.

Tesla's revenue for the quarter rose to USD3.41 billion from USD2.70 billion previous year. But some analysts have warned the firm faces a major cashflow crisis before the end of the year that may necessitate another round of fund-raising if it fails to tackle well-documented production issues.

The skid continued in Europe, where Tesla's German-listed shares were off 4.9% at mid-morning Thursday.

Musk's update on Tesla's next Gigafactory in China was in line with his statements back in February during the Q4 2017 earnings call. Tesla said reservations "remained stable" through the first quarter.


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