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Tesla Short Sellers Have A Horrible Record On Tesla Production & Sales — Truly Funny Tweets

It seems that Tesla has had critics since the day it came out of stealth — or before that. Even CEO and co-founder Elon Musk didn’t expect the company to succeed. He simply poured his money into it on the slim chance that it would succeed, and would thus help humanity to avert tremendous climate catastrophe. Of course, he feels differently about the company now that it has succeeded than on Day 1. But this story isn’t about Elon Musk.

Those of us who have been following Tesla for a while can surely remember that the company was being attacked in the press, by many on Wall Street, and by auto industry experts the day we first learned about young automaker. As I highlighted recently when launching an annual “Tesla Death Anniversary” celebration, a “Tesla Death Watch” series kicked off on another media outlet way back on May 19, 2008 — 11 years ago. Every year since then — well, probably every day since then — someone somewhere has been claiming that Tesla’s death is just around the corner, that it will go bankrupt any day.

Needless to say, Tesla is still here. And the claims continue.

Yes, for sure, many people in the oil industry (including investors) and in the auto industry (including investors) would love to see Tesla crash & burn. Yes, for sure, many people predict Tesla’s imminent death simply as a hope. (The power of now?)

But if you look back on the record of people claiming Tesla is near its end, or at least won’t last for another 5 years, it looks really bad. We do that from time to time in a Tesla Flashbacks feature, but it seems others are doing it more and more on Twitter — in some epic ways. Below are a few tweets I’ve recently spotted that help to highlight how horribly off the mark many short sellers and critics have been.


And then there are these two, completely incorrect forecasts from Volkswagen that these same critics never bring up:


And we’ll end with these:


  1. Beware Of Forbes: Anti-Tesla Troll Mr. B.S. Lives There
  2. Tesla’s 11th Death Anniversary — No Joke!
  3. A Short History Of Tesla Critics’ Claims
  4. From Broder To The 2018 Tesla Short Seller Storm To Today — What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been
  5. That Time 1 Huge Tesla Shareholder Got Spooked & Sold 7% Of Tesla — CleanTechnica Exclusive
  6. Where In The World Is Jim Chanos? #Tesla #Pravduh #King
  7. Tesla Flashbacks, Take 5
  8. 8 “Impossible” Goals Tesla Achieved
  9. Tesla News Flashbacks: 2009–2014
  10. Tesla — Dead For 10 Years
  11. 11 Tesla FUD Claims Of Years Past

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