Tesla Inc. reports third quarter earnings on Wednesday after the market closes. All eyes will be on news of the mass-market Model 3 and the electric car’s slower-than-expected production. What with SpaceX launches, Boring Co. tunnels, and even dark warnings about the threat of artificial intelligence, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk already has a few irons in the fire.
But Tesla is the center of the Muskian universe, and the second half of 2017 was to be the test of whether he could make enough Model 3s, and make them fast enough, to justify the billions of dollars already spent. So far, things haven’t been going that well.
Wall Street analysts will likely have some questions.