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This is the expense the company spent on research and development. Tesla Motors Inc's research and development for the three months ended in Sep. 2015 was $179 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was $667 Mil.
This is the expense the company spent on research and development.
Tesla Motors Inc Research & Development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2015 was 139.565 (Dec. 2014 ) + 167.154 (Mar. 2015 ) + 181.712 (Jun. 2015 ) + 178.791 (Sep. 2015 ) = $667 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 Motors Inc Annual Data
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Tesla Motors Inc Quarterly Data
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