24 日，特斯拉美國加州費利蒙工廠發生火災，特斯拉 CEO 馬斯克表示，原因是圍牆附近的紙板箱起火，至於這次火災會給工廠生產帶來多大的負面影響，目前還不得而知。
8 月初，馬斯克在 Twitter 放出想私有化特斯拉的消息，馬斯克試圖藉沙烏地阿拉伯主權基金的資金幫助以每股 420 美元的價格完成特斯拉私有化。
出於對資本市場做空者的深惡痛絕，加上沙烏地阿拉伯主權基金在 2017 年就對此表現出興趣，馬斯卡克才下定決心要私有化特斯拉。
不過馬斯克還是沒能頂住壓力，25 日給股東的公開信宣告私有化計畫流產。有趣的是，凡事都喜歡在 Twitter 提前曝光的馬斯克這一次選擇了沉默。
馬斯克 2018 年 8 月 24 日
其次，儘管我已有過程會充滿挑戰的心理準備，但很明顯，實際情況要比我最初預期的更消耗精力和時間。這是很大的問題，因為我們目前必須要專注於增加 Model 3 產能，並達成盈利。除非我們在財政有持續資金來源，否則無法實現推進可持續能源發展的使命。
展望未來，我們會繼續關注特斯拉最重要的使命：打造消費者喜愛的產品，並對地球的環境和未來繼續努力。我們已經證明，特斯拉可以做出偉大的可持續發展能源汽車，現在我們要證明公司有持續盈利的能力。我們已在 Model 3 取得初步進展，公司和團隊也做好繼續努力的準備。
Elon Musk August 24, 2018
Earlier this month, I announced that I was considering taking Tesla private. As part of the process, it was important to understand whether our current investors believed this would be a good strategic move and whether they would want to participate in a private Tesla.
Our investors are extremely important to me. Almost all have stuck with us from the time we went public in 2010 when we had no cars in production and only a vision of what we wanted to be. They believe strongly in our mission to advance sustainable energy and care deeply about our success.
I worked with Silver Lake, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, who have world-class expertise in these matters, to consider the many factors that would come into play in taking Tesla private, and to process all the incoming interest that we received from investors to fund a go-private transaction. I also spent considerable time listening to current shareholders, large and small, to understand what they think would be in the best long-term interests of Tesla.
Based on all the discussions that have taken place over the last couple of weeks and a thorough consideration of what is best for the company, a few things are clear to me:
• Given the feedback I’ve received, it’s apparent that most of Tesla’s existing shareholders believe we are better off as a public company. Additionally, a number of institutional shareholders have explained that they have internal compliance issues that limit how much they can invest in a private company. There is also no proven path for most retail investors to own shares if we were private. Although the majority of shareholders I spoke to said they would remain with Tesla if we went private, the sentiment, in a nutshell, was “please don’t do this.”
• I knew the process of going private would be challenging, but it’s clear that it would be even more time-consuming and distracting than initially anticipated. This is a problem because we absolutely must stay focused on ramping Model 3 and becoming profitable. We will not achieve our mission of advancing sustainable energy unless we are also financially sustainable.
• That said, my belief that there is more than enough funding to take Tesla private was reinforced during this process.
After considering all of these factors, I met with Tesla’s Board of Directors yesterday and let them know that I believe the better path is for Tesla to remain public. The Board indicated that they agree.
Moving forward, we will continue to focus on what matters most: building products that people love and that make a difference to the shared future of life on Earth. We’ve shown that we can make great sustainable energy products, and we now need to show that we can be sustainably profitable. With all the progress we’ve made on Model 3, we’re positioned to do this, and that’s what the team and I are going to be putting all of our efforts toward.
Thank you to all of our investors, customers and employees for the support you’ve given our company. I’m incredibly excited to continue leading Tesla as a public company. It is a privilege.