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Aug 14, 2017, 00:45
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The Model Y's new architecture will use a new approach to electrical distribution, although Musk did not clearly explain how Tesla is doing it.

We know a pretty decent amount about the Tesla Model 3 so far, but until just recently we didn't know a ton about what kind of batteries those cars will pack out of the gate.

On a conference call with financial analysts to discuss a new bond offering, CEO Elon Musk verified that the battery capacities for the two versions of the Model 3 are about 50 kWh and 75 kWh.

While almost 63,000 orders have already been canceled, Tesla has announced that it will receive about 1,800 new bookings per day, prompting the firm to accelerate its production pace. While the company doesn't have the cash flow to service the debt, we expect investors to stand behind the story and service the debt until 2020, when we expect Tesla to start making money. S&P rated the bonds negative B and Moody's B3.

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We are excited to announce that, as of today, all Tesla vehicles produced in our factory - including Model 3 - will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.

Moody's assigned a B2 rating with a stable outlook.

Although the Tesla Model 3 still remains to be equipped with a hefty price tag, fans are definitely looking at it as something that is affordable in the long-run, just like Musk said it would be.

The eight-year bonds will have a yield of 5.25 percent, in line with initial talk, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the sale is private. The company can fund the almost $2 billion manufacturing investment out of its $3 billion cash balance.

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Ultimately, the depth of investor interest will determine the bond's interest rate.

Musk cites volume, velocity, and density as the three main factors affecting overall production.

Mark Holman, the chief executive officer of London-based TwentyFour Asset Management, told reporters that he does not have a lot of confidence that Tesla will be able to throttle larger companies such as Volkswagen and GM.

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