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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 Dec. 2013 was $68 Mil. Its research and development for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was $232 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 Dec. 2013 was 54.859 (Mar. 2013 ) + 52.312 (Jun. 2013 ) + 56.351 (Sep. 2013 ) + 68.453 (Dec. 2013 ) = $232 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
|Research & Development||54||61||68||75||62||69||55||52||56||68|