Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electric vehicle operator Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Tesla and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Tesla facts


Palo Alto, Calif. (2003)

Market Cap

$6.3 billion


Automobile manufacturers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$413.3 million


Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO Elon Musk

CFO Deepak Ahuja

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$201.9 million / $466.7 million


General Motors


Toyota Motor

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 34% of the 1,304 members who have rated Tesla believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, TMFrank, touched on Tesla's seemingly unsustainable valuation:

Just plain expensive. This company might have some big growth ahead -- but not this much. There are still enormous questions about the feasibility of the electric vehicles. Don't get me wrong, it could work out, but there's still a high probability of failure that the price doesn't reflect.

Motley Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends General Motors and Tesla Motors. The Motley Fool owns shares of Tesla Motors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.