Don't bet against Tesla, says ex-Tesla president Jon McNeill who's not an investor

The former president of electrical car big Tesla mentioned Thursday he would not bet against the corporate, noting that it is rising as a “formidable competitor” to automakers around the globe after the corporate beat third-quarter earnings expectations.

Currently not a Tesla investor, Jon McNeill advised CNBC’s “Squawk Box” the inventory is “priced to perfection” proper now, however he mentioned he nonetheless drives Teslas. McNeill, additionally a former Lyft COO, highlighted sturdy gross margins on the firm.

“The gross margins are approaching 30%, just to put that in perspective, that is three times the gross margin level at GM, and about six occasions the gross margin stage of Ford,” McNeill mentioned.

Despite provide chain points, Tesla noticed gross sales rise to report breaking numbers on the firm, at the same time as different automakers battle to maintain up with their very own demand.

“We’re up more than 70% year-over-year versus GM and Ford, which are seeing declines of around 30% year-over-year,” McNeill mentioned, itemizing the a number of causes he would not bet against Tesla. “They’re sitting now on $16 billion cash.”

Drivers who order autos from Tesla usually have to attend months earlier than receiving the product, chatting with the demand for the electrical autos but additionally elevating manufacturing considerations amongst buyers.

With a brand new manufacturing unit in Shanghai and two extra anticipated to open in Texas and Berlin, the corporate has “proven they can open more than one factory now and produce at volume,” McNeill mentioned, noting that Tesla’s Shanghai manufacturing unit is producing a lot that they are exporting again to North America. “So I think the thing to keep an eye on here is their ability to increase production capacity to meet demand,” he added.

Other automakers introducing hybrid or electrical autos of their very own simply “opens more eyes to EVs,” based on McNeill. “Tesla’s got a dominant share in the U.S., they’re at 65% market share in the U.S., 21% worldwide, but I think that’s in the context of Tesla only having 1% market share in the global car market and EVs only have 4%.”

McNeill, at the moment CEO of DVx Ventures, predicts the EV business is in the beginning of what is going to be a “multi-decade growth story” for electrical autos around the globe.

Shares of Tesla — up greater than 20% in 2021 and up 100% over the previous 12 months — slipped almost 1.5% in Thursday’s premarket.