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Elon Musk Announces Potential Price Reductions for Tesla During ‘Turbulent Times

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At the risk of squeezing the company’s own margins, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk would make such a decision.

Late last year, Tesla caused a significant disruption in the EV market by implementing substantial price cuts on its models in the United States, China, and Europe. Since then, the automaker has made multiple price reductions, but the situation has mostly stabilized during this summer.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made an announcement stating that he would once again reduce prices on electric vehicles during “turbulent times,” even if it means risking the company’s own margins.

During Tesla’s Q2 2023 earnings call on Wednesday, Elon Musk addressed analysts and conveyed that the world economy is currently facing turbulent times, necessitating the need for difficult decisions at times.

Elon Musk expressed, “I think it does make sense to sacrifice margins in favor of making more vehicles.” He further emphasized that if macroeconomic conditions were unstable, Tesla would have to lower prices. Following Musk’s remarks, Tesla shares experienced a decline of nearly 5 percent of thursday as tesla stock faltered.

Reuters’ calculations revealed that the EV maker’s quarterly automotive gross margin, excluding regulatory credits, declined to 18.1 percent in the second quarter from 19 percent in the first quarter. Although this figure aligned with Wall Street estimates, it is significantly lower than the 26 percent reported by billion poorer thursday as tesla year earlier.

For the April-June period, Elon Musk as owner of Tesla reported an overall gross margin of 18.2 percent, marking the lowest in 16 quarters. This decrease was primarily a result of price cuts. One significant instance of price reduction was observed when Tesla slashed the US prices of the Model Y long-range version, its best-selling vehicle, by a quarter, down to $50,490.

Earlier this year, Tesla stated its focus on reducing costs and investing in new product development, acknowledging that the “challenges of these uncertain times are not over. and Elon musk reinstates trumps twitter account”

The company restated its expectations of delivering approximately 1.8 million vehicles this year.

Elon Musk stated that Tesla would prioritize volume growth over margins, and he reaffirmed this stance yesterday.

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