Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has received the dreaded one-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

Headquarters (founded)

Palo Alto, Calif. (2003)

Market Cap

$3.9 billion


Automobile manufacturers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$146.3 million


Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO Elon Musk
CFO Deepak Ahuja

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$85.7 million / $474.5 million


General Motors (NYSE:GM)
Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM)

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

On CAPS, 66% of the 29 members who have rated Tesla believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star TopAustrianFool, succinctly summed up the Tesla bear case for our community:

[Electric vehicle tech] has serious technical problems. With batteries costing 1/3 of the total cost of the car and the technology at an impasse I don't see [Tesla] going too far. The company doesn't have a record at all, and it is surviving on govt money from a govt that is going bankrupt. It's a matter of time before this pipe dream comes crashing taking unsuspecting investors with it.

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