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Tesla Mission Statement and Vision Statement In A Nutshell

Tesla’s vision is to “create the most compelling car company of the 21st century by driving the world’s transition to electric vehicles,” while its mission is “to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass-market electric cars to market as soon as possible.” Tesla used a transitional business model as its ecosystem grows.

In an official presentation of 2011, Tesla highlighted its vision as:

Create the most compelling car company of the 21st century by driving the world’s transition to electric vehicles

While as highlighted by Elon Musk on Tesla’s blog its mission was:

to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass-market electric cars to market as soon as possible.

To understand what it means we need to look at Tesla’s history, and how it developed.

Tesla was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers. The central idea was to prove that electric cars could be as good, if not better than gasoline alternatives.

As Elon Musk took over as a CEO, he started to roll out a strategy where Tesla could have an entry price competitive with other cars in the market. That is why the first car Tesla launched was a sport’s car, as its pricing was in line with the market.

Indeed, as highlighted by Elon Musk, back in 2013:

Our first product was going to be expensive no matter what it looked like, so we decided to build a sports car, as that seemed like it had the best chance of being competitive with its gasoline alternatives.

Therefore, as go-to-market and entry strategy Tesla used a higher-priced segment of the market, in seemingly sharp contrast with its mission. Yet his was a transitional business model that enabled Tesla to be viable in the short-term and yet achieve its mission in the long-run.

That’s because, in order to become fully viable as a business model, Tesla needed to create an entire ecosystem, also made of energy solutions that could enable electric cars to become competitive in terms of convenience (meant as the ability to charge anywhere) in respect to gasoline vehicles.

Therefore, as Tesla rolls out its business model, by enabling this ecosystem to grow, year over year, the company can enter larger and larger segments of the markets by offering lower-priced options, that might make it possible for Tesla’s vehicles to achieve mass adoption.

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Tesla is vertically integrated. Therefore, the company runs and operates the Tesla’s plants where cars are manufactured and the Gigafactory which produces the battery packs and stationary storage systems for its electric vehicles, which are sold via direct channels like the Tesla online store and the Tesla physical stores.
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Elon Musk, an early investor and CEO of Tesla, is the major shareholder with 21.7% of stocks. Other major shareholders comprise investment firms like Baillie Gifford & Co. (7.7%), FMR LLC (5.3%), Capital Ventures International (5.2%), T. Rowe Price Associates (5.2%), and Capital World Investors (5%). Another major individual shareholder is Larry Ellison (co-founder and CEO of Oracle), with a 1.7% stake.
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Tesla made over $24.5 billion in revenues, and it lost $69 million from operations, while its net losses were $862 million. In Q4 2019, Tesla turned a profit for the first time. And its main market is still the US.
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References:

  • Tesla About Page
  • Tesla Blog
  • Tesla Earnings Release 2011

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Gennaro Cuofano

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