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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Tesla Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $214 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was $779 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Tesla Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was 190.243 (Dec. 2015 ) + 182.482 (Mar. 2016 ) + 191.664 (Jun. 2016 ) + 214.302 (Sep. 2016 ) = $779 Mil.
If competitive advantage is created by a patent or tech advantage, at some point it will disappear.
High R&D usually dictates high SG&A which threatens the competitive advantage.
Tesla Inc Annual Data
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Tesla Inc Quarterly Data
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