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Tesla Motors 2Q Earnings Blog Recap

Updated from 3:30 p.m. EST to provide executive comments from conference call and actual results.

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Tesla Motors (TSLA - Get Report) reported second-quarter earnings that surged past expectations late on Wednesday, lifted by exceptionally strong demand for the Model S.

The electric car maker, led by CEO Elon Musk, earned 5 cents a share when taking in lease accounting on $405 million in revenue, as global deliveries of the Model S surged to 5,150 units for the quarter. Excluding lease accounting, which the company will do on a going forward basis, non-GAAP income was 20 cents a share.

Gross margin for the quarter was 22%, despite a reduction in ZEV (zero emission vehicle) credits, something investors had been worried about.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected Tesla to lose 17 cents a share on $383.4 million in revenue for the second quarter.

"During Q2, we improved our production rate by 25% from 400 to almost 500 vehicles per week. 5,150 cars were delivered during the quarter, significantly surpassing our expectation of 4,500 deliveries," CEO Elon Musk said in the letter to shareholders. "In the quarter, we produced several hundred more Model S vehicles for use as service loaners, for customer test drives and for deliveries to European customers in Q3. We are now doing final assembly and testing of vehicles at our European manufacturing facility in Tilburg, Netherlands."

On the conference call, Musk noted that Tesla is not just taking market share from premium sedans, but everywhere, including hybrids. The CEO said 10% of buyers come from Toyota Prius, some buyers come from Mercedes E-class, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Highlander, BMW 5 series, 4% are coming from Honda Odyssey, 4% are coming from Volkswagen Jetta and 3% are coming from Honda.

For the third quarter, Tesla said it expects to deliver slightly over 5,000 cars as the company expands into Europe, and remains on track to deliver 21,000 Model S units during the year. The company said it expects non-GAAP gross margins to be "in the low 20% range, with continuing improvements in Model S vehicle margin, offset by significantly lower ZEV credit revenue."

Shares surged in after-hours trading, rising 13.5% to $152.40 according to Nasdaq.com.

-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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