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CNBC's Jim Cramer was not impressed with the earnings conference call Tesla hosted last week to explain its 2014 fourth-quarter and annual results, calling CEO Elon Musk's reasons for the company's performance "horrendous," "ridiculous," "a fiasco," and reminiscent of "the rambling John DeLorean."

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And Other Insights From Tesla's Fourth Quarter Financial Call

The Tesla end-of-quarter earnings call is always a great place to get additional insight into the workings of the electric automaker, as well as hints about future product. As usual, we listened in and have gleaned the more pertinent parts, just for you.

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Tesla Made 11,627 Vehicles Last Quarter, Delivered 9,834

Tesla says it built 11,627 vehicles in the last quarter or 2014 and delivered 9,834 and will deliver 70 percent more in 2015.

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Firings Could Be On The Horizon

After selling 120 cars in China in January, Reuters reports that Elon Musk has sent an e-mail to Tesla managers in China threatening firings and demotions if they can't show "a clear path to positive long-term cash flow."

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Bloomberg has the fascinating story on the hiring competition between Apple and Tesla for Silicon Valley's talent.

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An over-the-air software upgrade for the Tesla Model S P85D sheds a tenth of a second off the model's already-quick acceleration to 60 mph. The single-motor P85 also get the improvement but with less significant improvements to the sprint.

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An article in Seeking Alpha called "The Incredible Shrinking Tesla Disclosure" lays out the timelines and details to support one analyst's suspicion for why Tesla is removing hard numbers from its quarterly reports; namely, that Tesla doesn't want to show adverse developments in its business.

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Elon Musk was a success well before Tesla. He celebrated some of that early triumph by buying a McLaren F1, and cameras were there to watch as the iconic supercar was delivered.

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The web is full of Elon Musk-themed merchandise from T-shirts to fish tank clocks. It's no wonder why: Tesla pulls in millions from its own gear shop, which hawks everything from coffee mugs to hats to professional cycling kits.

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Toyota Senior VP Bob Carter responds to recent comments by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that hydrogen fuel cells are "an extremely silly way to store energy" and that FCEV shortcomings will become plainly evident in the next few years.

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2015 Shelby GT, Elon Musk Speaks In Detroit

Episode #414 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Seyth Miersma discuss the new Shelby GT and Elon Musk's recent speech in Detroit.

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While opening a SpaceX office in Seattle, Elon Musk said that the engineers and software programmers in the Pacific Northwest outpost will be working on "a global communications system that would be larger than anything that has been talked about to date." That system would eventually be the start of a satellite communications initiative that would provide Internet for a colony on Mars.

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Elon Musk just announced he's going to build a hyperloop test track in Texas and the possibility of a pod racing series for students. Could it be he gets the state government to allow Tesla stores in return?

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Tesla founder Elon Musk's tough talk at the Detroit Auto Show about the company's prospects damaged its stock price, which suffered a nine-percent drop.

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Even As Sales Slump In China, He Revises Forecasts Upward

Falling gas prices, production delays and weakened demand in a key market would send shudders through the CEOs of most automakers. None of those problems could dent the enthusiasm Tesla Motors CEO and co-founder Elon Musk has for a vision of an electric-car future.

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In back-to-back tweets, Elon Musk revealed Tesla is working on a charger that automatically emerges from the wall and connects to new or old examples of the Model S to begin charging them. He describes it as a "solid metal snake."

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Elon Musk is dropping hits about improvements for the Tesla Roadster all-electric convertible. More details will likely be revealed later this week.

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The outlandish Hyperloop, from the brain of Elon Musk, is getting some real-world traction thanks to the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and a new "crowdstorm" document describing how it could work.

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Tesla has finally launched its long-awaited Model S battery swap technology. The first station, still in a limited beta test phase, is now open between Los Angeles and San Francisco in California.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that releasing monthly sales numbers allows the media, "to read all sorts of nonsense into the deliveries." He said that with the company's irregular delivery schedule – 1,000 in a country one month, only a handful the next – the spikes and valleys would not give an accurate picture of the company's actual orders or demand. But, when there's no transparency, people will go looking for answers – or nonsense.

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Despite recent rumors to the contrary, don't expect to see much collaboration between Tesla and BMW in the near future. Based on some rather prickly statements from the German automaker, Elon Musk might have even burnt some bridges in Bavaria with his latest proclamations.

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