Tesla chief Elon Musk goes on defensive after bad-tempered conference call

Tesla boss Elon Musk has defended his comments in a contentious conference call, saying the people he shut down were "sell-side analysts who represent a short-seller thesis, not investors".

Mr Musk, who's been known for his quirky behaviour, came under scrutiny after the conference call for Tesla's quarterly earnings on Wednesday went awry.

The chief executive was criticised for cutting off two analysts who asked about the electric vehicle and solar panel company's cash needs and orders for its Model-3.

Mr Musk said the questions were "dry" and "not cool".

On Friday, he tried to clarify some comments he made during the call, tweeting that he deemed a question about capital expenditures foolish because the answer was already given in a Q1 newsletter.

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