Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock rally has gone parabolic. The stock gained 43% over the last month, with a chunk of it coming in the previous two weeks. Those who dared to bet against Elon Musk got crushed.
The company’s market value has followed suit.
Just as it seemed a healthy pullback was coming, Elon Musk has found another way to pump the stock .
Wednesday’s trading session saw Tesla undergo some profit-taking, with the stock falling 1.3%. It seemed like perfect timing for Musk to make another claim about Tesla’s autonomous technology.
Musk has made several claims about Tesla’s autonomous vehicles. All of them have failed to materialize, which means we should be extra critical of his latest comments.
Some of his past claims:
A million Robo-Taxis by 2020
Last year, Musk made an ambitious announcement during Tesla’s Autonomy Investor day. He said there would be a million self-driving cars on the road by 2020.
Not only that, he claims Tesla cars would be an appreciating asset.
Well, 2020 is here, and there are still no robo-taxis around. There won’t be many for decades to come, according to most experts.
An autonomous minibus by 2019
In 2016, Musk claimed Tesla would start producing autonomous minibusses in two-to-three years.
It’s 2020, and there are no signs of them.
An autonomous cross-country drive
Musk once claimed:
All you need to is get in and tell your car where to go.
This was supposed to happen by 2017.
You still cannot take your hands off the steering wheel or eyes off the road when a Tesla car is “self-driving.”
Tesla’s autonomous technology is currently at level two. Level five, all of a sudden, seems highly unlikely.
It would be a mind-bending leap if Tesla is very close to level five automation. Especially when you consider the fact that the latest technology is already claiming lives.
If the Tesla stock rallies once again, Musk would be one step closer to a hefty payday, his second in two months.
Another rally for Tesla will make sure Musk gets his $1.8 billion.
Considering what has happened in the past, it wouldn’t be farfetched to say Musk is once again lying for personal gain.