Tesla turns a profit

Tesla Motors reports a profit of $1 million for the month of July.

Tesla Roadster Sport

Upstart Tesla Motors proved the time is ripe for a new car company, reporting a profit of approximately $1 million on revenue of $20 million for the month of July. Tesla reduced its cost to build its electric sports car , while introducing the more expensive Roadster Sport model to its model line-up. The company shipped 109 cars in July, its highest output to date, reflecting an improved assembly process at its Menlo Park, Calif., facility. Tesla reports expanding sales to European customers for the third quarter, along with expansion into other countries, including Russia.

Earlier this year, Tesla won a $465 million government loan to develop the Tesla S , a sedan the company will use to expand its model line-up. Through a partnership with Daimler, Tesla power trains will be used in a fleet of 1,000 electric Smart cars, hitting the road later this year.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.


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