Oct 2, 2018

Tesla could generate $1 trillion in revenue by 2030, shareholder says

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Money-manager Ron Baron, whose firm Baron Capital is Tesla's 13th largest shareholder, according to FactSet, told CNBC that Tesla could generate $1 trillion in revenue by 2030 and could sell up to 15 million cars per year.

Why it matters: Baron's prediction is ultra-bullish, perhaps even for a 12-year forecast. While Tesla reported $11 billion in revenue last year, and announced Tuesday that it had met third quarter production goals, there are new questions about whether demand for its vehicles are softer than expectations. Tesla has also seen a tumultuous few months after CEO Elon Musk's "go-private tweet" resulted in an SEC settlement under which Musk was forced to pay a $20 million penalty and step down as chairman of the company.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  2. Trump misrepresents 2020 Russia briefing as Democratic "misinformation"
  3. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  4. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  5. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.