Tesla pre-announces strong Q4 sales; no vehicles are being recalled

Tesla Motors is in the news again – what a surprise!

Tesla Motors VP Jerome Guillen, who is at the Detroit Auto Show, sent the company’s stock higher Tuesday when he announced that the Palo Alto-based company has delivered 6,900 Model S sedans in the fourth quarter, the highest in the company’s history. That puts Tesla at roughly 22,450 vehicles for 2013, slightly above the previous guidance of 21,500.

He also said Tesla plans to double sales and service locations in the United States this year, and the Supercharging network, which will allow Model S drivers to travel coast-to-coast on electricity, is progressing ahead of schedule.

Then things get murky. Several financial outlets reported Tuesday that Tesla is recalling 29,000 cars.

NOT TRUE. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that “the word recall needs to be recalled.”

“No cars are being physically recalled by Tesla,” said spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean. “We issued a software update in December 2013 and as an additional measure will be sending an upgraded NEMA 14-50 adapter by mail to customes. As a result, Tesla owners do not need to physically come to a Tesla store or service center.”

On Friday, Tesla announced that it was upgrading the charging software and adapter following reports of a garage fire in southern California.  The software update is designed to fully address any potential risks, but Tesla also designed an improved wall adapter.

The NHTSA website shows that 29,222 potential units – meaning adapters – could be affected, because an overheated adapter, cord, or wall receptacle could increases the risk of burn injury and/or fire. Tesla will notify owners and provide an “over-the-air” software update; some owners have already received this update.

An early version of the Tesla Model X at a party at the Fremont factory this July. The Model X, a crossover SUV, is the next vehicle in Tesla’s production line.


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