Tesla arguably has the most highly anticipated product roadmap in the industry for the next few years. But even when Musk is ahead, he’s always running late: A Bloomberg analysis last year found that Musk typically blows his own deadlines by about 50 percent of the original projection.
Beyond the Model 3, 2018 was full of drama for Tesla. Musk tweeted that he might take Tesla private at $420 a share, then quickly backtracked. He was subsequently charged with fraud, settled with the SEC and had to give up his role as board chairman. Tesla disclosed additional probes by the SEC and Justice Department, and investors and whistleblowers filed lawsuits. Key executives left the company amid widespread coverage of Musk’s mercurial management tendencies.