"But in an email to employees Musk acknowledged that Tesla's actual profit margin is fairly low, only about 1%, and that the stock price is due to investor expectations of future profits rather than recent results."
"If, at any point, they conclude that's not going to happen, our stock will immediately get crushed like a soufflé under a sledgehammer!" he wrote in the email, which was first reported by Electrek. Tesla did not respond to a request for comment about the email."
"The email was primarily focused on the importance of finding even small cost savings in the car building process. This a tough Game of Pennies — requiring thousands of good ideas to improve part cost, a factory process or simply the design, while increasing quality and capabilities," Musk wrote. "A great idea would be one that saves $5, but the vast majority are 50 cents here or 20 cents there."
Tesla with Model 3 and Model Y has had huge quality control issues that have to cost a lot of money.
Wouldn't the single biggest cost saving being taking time and effort to build cars that have zero warranty and start up issues?