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Tesla SWOT & PESTLE Analysis

ID : 52182953| Sep 2020| 15 pages


Business Sector :Automobile and Energy

Operating Geography :United States, North America, Global

About Tesla :

Tesla Inc. was founded in 2003, a Silicon Valley company envisioning and developing vehicles with electric energy to promote sustainability use of energy. It was founded by the duo Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning although many also regard Elon Musk and JB Straubel to be co-founders. The Company grew out as an aspiration after General Motor's debacle with EV1 Electric cars which were recalled and destroyed in 2003. Tesla has production facilities at Fremont, California, Lathrop, Tilburg and Nevada and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. It is a technology firm and an independent automaker which also has business in energy storage and solar panel production. The Company endeavors to build robust and affordable electric cars. Model S produced by Tesla became the globe's bestselling electric car for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. The company employs more than 48,000 full time staff across all its divisions as of early 2020. In 2018, Tesla setup its factory in Shanghai, for the first-time outside US and delivered its first Made in China’ cars by January 2020.

Tesla designs, develops, manufactures and sells fully electric cars. It also sells, installs and maintain energy generation system and storage systems. They are a sustainable energy company offering clean-energy products along with generation, storage and consumption. Sustainable energy products, energy and engineering expertise, and unique business model creates competitive advantage for Tesla over its peers.

Tesla’s mission is “to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.” The vision statement of Tesla reads “Create the most compelling car company of the 21st century by driving the world’s transition to electric vehicles.” The unique selling proposition or USP of Tesla lies in developing fully powered electrical vehicles, which are better, quicker and fun to drive compared to gasoline vehicles.

Tesla Revenue :

USD 24.57 billion FY ending 31st Dec 2019 (y-o-y growth of +15%)
USD 21.46 billion FY ending 31st Dec 2018

Competitive Analysis of Tesla

The SWOT analysis report of Tesla presents the internal and external analysis of the Company with insightful details. The SWOT analysis essays the detailed business case of this maverick automobile mammoth covering strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Tesla's competitive advantage lays in differentiated product offerings and a wide diversification in the product portfolio. The spike in share price and company valuation of Tesla from around $32 in Jan 2013 is an indicator of its increasing strengths and market growth strategy.
Technology is Tesla’s greatest strength and its core competencies are powertrain engineering, vehicle engineering, innovative manufacturing, and energy storage. The company’s ability to utilize the unique benefits of electric power in their vehicles gives the company an edge over its competitors. Not ending there, even the top brands have used innovative technologies developed by Tesla in their productions. Apart from technology, internal factors like political support, a wide range of products, supplier to other manufacturers, sustainable innovation model, developing high-performance vehicles, brand recognition etc., are some of the quintessential strengths of Tesla Inc.
The internal analysis highlights that high production cost, high investment in research and development, high debt load, expensive vehicles compared to competitors’ brands and low production capacity are key weaknesses that Tesla is currently observing.
In 2018, Tesla secured a 210 acre plot in Shanghai, China for production purpose; it is the first time ever the company has planned to move outside the US. China being the biggest global electric vehicle market, turns out to be a golden opportunity for Tesla to establish itself in such a huge and potential market. However, establishing itself in newer markets invites a lot of competitive threats to Tesla. In 2017 Tesla estimated a sale of only 15000 vehicles in Chinese markets giving the company less than 3% of market share. Hence Tesla is prone to high competition from both luxury and less expensive brands.
The SWOT/TOWS analysis for Tesla Inc., is presented in a nutshell below followed by detailed analysis
1. High product differentiation – electric power train technology
2. Related diversification in product portfolio – powerpack applications
3. Strong marketing policies and improving customer base
4. Integrated battery manufacturing at Gigafactory
1. Single source of supply of cells for battery powerpacks
2. Limited experience in new product development and handling multiple models
3. Little profitability and increased assets and debt liability
1. Increased attention towards reducing fossil fuel consumption
2. Expanding the ecosystem to explore related market opportunities
1. Exit of UK from European Union
2. Limited supplier network base
3. Foreign currency exchange rates
4. Huge competition in automobile market
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1. High product differentiation – electric power train technology: Tesla Inc. has positioned itself as a unique brand in the market with core focus on developing automobiles on electric energy – a shift from fossil fuels. The powertrain consists of battery pack, power electronics, software, motor, and gear box and control software. Tesla employs digitized powertrain system whereby the torque to the front and rear wheels are instantaneously & independently controlled thus resulting in better traction control and improved performance. Electric powertrain empowers the making of energy efficient vehicles that are mechanically simpler than presently available hybrid or internal combustion engine vehicles. Fueling electric cars from Tesla is any day cheaper than fueling any internal combustion vehicles. Tesla has also started rolling out Dual Motor Powertrain vehicles, which employ two electric motors to render greater efficiency, performance, and range in an all-wheel drive configuration.

2. Related diversification in product portfolio – powerpack applications: Tesla harnessed its competence in electric power systems and has started to develop powerpack application products meant for domestic homes in 2013, commercial purposes and utilities since 2014 in blocks of 100Kwh to offer up to 10Mwh. These applications are used for electric market services, power-backup, load shifting etc. Towards the end of 2016, Tesla started manufacturing and disbursal of their latest generation energy storage products, Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2. Powerwall 2 is a 14-kilowatt hour (kWh) home battery with an integrated inverter. Powerpack 2 is an infinitely scalable energy storage system employed in commercial, industrial and utility applications, consisting of 210 kWh (AC) battery packs and 50 kVa (at 480V) inverters. Like their electric vehicles, Teslas’s energy storage lineage have also been developed to obtain over-the-air firmware and software updates that keeps them open to enhancements in the future. Tesla is engaged in selling and leasing of their solar systems which have been installed for hundreds of thousands of customers generating recurring payments for them..

3. Strong marketing policies and improving customer base: Tesla sells its vehicles through Company-Owned Stores and Galleries. Their business also supports Used Car Sales and charging of vehicles through their Supercharger network. Tesla had delivered 245,240 vehicles in 2018 which had increased to approx. 367,500 units in 2019 – an improvement of more than 50%. Automotive sales revenue increased to $19.95 billion at the end of fiscal 2019 compared to $17.63 billion for fiscal 2018, resulting in a 50% hike in deliveries from increased sales of Model S / X, as well as sales of Model 3 vehicles since its launch in late 2017. Energy generation and storage revenue stood at $1,531 million during the same fiscal. Coupled with improved sales, Tesla has integrated and diversified marketing policies aimed at increasing consumer satisfaction. Tesla’s compact SUV, the Model Y, is ahead of schedule and will be delivered to customers in late 2020. Tesla owns its service and sales centers thus getting real time and rapid feedback from the market, improved control on the service operations, better inventory as well as customized warranty packages.

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Major Competitors :

Major Brands :

  • Roadster
  • Model S
  • Model X
  • Model 3
  • Powerwall
  • Powerpack
  • Solar Roof
  • Tesla Semi

Key Business Segments / Diversification :

Development services Renewable energy generation Energy solutions Power-train
Electric Car Batteries

Recent Acquisition / Mergers / Alliance / Joint Ventures / Divestitures :

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Business Segment
Objective/Synergy Achieved
PerbixFactory Automation 2017AcquisitionThis deal allowed Tesla to become more self-sufficient by incorporating a supplier into the company and achieving factory automation. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed.
Grohmann EngineeringEngineering company 2016AcquisitionThis deal was completed for $135.3 million and led to the formation of the ‘Tesla Advanced Automation group‘. The speed and efficiency of the manufacturing process greatly improved after this deal.
Solar CitySolar power systems2016AcquisitionCompleted for $2.6bn, this acquisition allowed Tesla to expand on its solar power product range. It could now incorporate selling of its products than simply leasing them.
Source: Company website and other reliable sources. The detailed table is available in the Complete Report.
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1. The report offers a quick glance into the internal and external factors in the SWOT and PESTLE matrices, followed by a detailed interpretation
2. Insights into the SWOT analysis of Tesla, examining in detail its prevalent Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
3. Gain knowledge of how technology and the company's core competencies have exhibited a competitive advantage to Tesla over its competitors
4. The PESTLE/ PESTEL/ STEEPL Analysis for in-depth analysis of all external factors namely, political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental and highlighting their impact on the automobile industry and specifically for the electronic car manufacturing segment.
5. Provides holistic information about Tesla's share price, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and alliances, capital raising, market value, market segmentation, and equity transactions
6. Insights into Tesla’s business diversification, eliciting its key business segments
7. Analysis of the acquisitions, mergers, alliances or partnership ventures that Tesla Inc., consented with deal valuations and the synergies that were achieved with them.
8. Cognizance of current trends of the automobile industry and e-car industry and its influences on the Tesla company
9. A brief overview of Tesla’s founders, headquarters, turnover, revenue, subsidiaries, and employee strength. Followed by a comprehensive company analysis to gain knowledge about company information, company profile, business model, business plans and marketing strategy
10. Synopsis of Tesla’s business model, business case and examination of key business segments and diversification.
11. Review of the Tesla’s USP or unique selling proposition, mission statement, and vision statement, along with a peek into the company’s key performance indicators, value proposition and success factors
References used in Tesla Analysis Report

1. Annual Report-

2. Revenue-

3. Tesla’s Successful Marketing-

4. Tesla’s Strategy is Risky and Aggressive, But it Has Worked-

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