SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this
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[X] Rule 13d-1(b)
[ ] Rule 13d-1(c)
[ ] Rule 13d-1(d)
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SEC 1745 (3-06)
CUSIP No. 88160R101 _______________________________________________________________________ 1. Names of Reporting Persons. I.R.S. Identification Nos. of above persons (entities only). Baillie Gifford & Co (Scottish partnership) _______________________________________________________________________ 2. Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group (See Instructions) (a).................................................................... (b).................................................................... _______________________________________________________________________ 3. SEC Use Only _______________________________________________________________________ 4. Citizenship or Place of Organization SCOTLAND UK _______________________________________________________________________ Number of 5. Sole Voting Power 7,399,378 Shares Bene ______________________________________________________ ficially by 6. Shared Voting Power 0 Owned by Each ______________________________________________________ Reporting 7. Sole Dispositive Power 12,902,408 Person With: ______________________________________________________ 8. Shared Dispositive Power 0 _______________________________________________________________________ 9. Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person 12,902,408 10. Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (9) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions) 11. Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (9) 7.68% _______________________________________________________________________ 12. Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions) IA _______________________________________________________________________ Item 1. (a) Name of Issuer Tesla Motors, Inc. (b) Address of Issuers Principal Executive Offices 3500 Deer Creek Road Palo Alto, California 94304 Item 2. (a) Name of Person Filing Baillie Gifford & Co (b) Address of Principal Business Office or, if none, Residence Calton Square 1 Greenside Row Edinburgh EH1 3AN Scotland UK (c) Citizenship Scotland UK (d) Title of Class of Securities Common Stock (e) CUSIP Number 88160R101 Item 3. If this statement is filed pursuant to rule 240.13d-1(b) or 240.13d-2(b) or (c), check whether the person filing is a: (a) Broker or dealer registered under section 15 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o). (b) Bank as defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c). (c) Insurance company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c). (d) Investment company registered under section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C 80a-8). (e) X An investment adviser in accordance with rule 240.13d- 1(b)(1)(ii)(E) (f) An employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance with 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F) (g) A parent holding company or control person in accordance with rule 240.13d-1(b) (1)(ii)(G) (h) A savings associations as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813) (i) A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an investment company under section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-3) (j) Group in accordance with rule 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J). Item 4. Ownership. Provide the following information regarding the aggregate number and Percentage of the class of securities of the issuer identified in Item 1. (a) Amount beneficially owned: see row (9) on page 2. (b) Percent of Class: see row (11) on page 2. (c) Number of shares as to which the person has: (i) Sole power to vote or to direct the vote See row (5) on page 2. (ii) Shared power to vote or to direct the vote See row (6) on page 2 (iii) Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of See row (7) on page 2 (iv) Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of See row (8) on page 2 Item 5. Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of the class of securities, check the following. [ ] Not applicable. Item 6. Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person. Securities reported on this Schedule 13G as being beneficially owned by Baillie Gifford & Co. are held by Baillie Gifford & Co. and/or one or more of its investment adviser subsidiaries, which may include Baillie Gifford Overseas Limited, on behalf of investment advisory clients, which may include investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act, employee benefit plans, pension funds or other institutional clients. Item 7. Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which Acquired the Security Being Reported on By the Parent Holding Company Not applicable. Item 8. Identification and Classification of Members of the Group Not applicable. Item 9. Notice of Dissolution of Group Not applicable. Item 10. Certification By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief: - the securities referred to above were acquired and are held in the ordinary course of business and were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect. - the foreign regulatory scheme applicable to investment advisers is substantially comparable to the functionally equivalent U.S. institution(s). I also undertake to furnish the Commission staff, upon request, information that would otherwise be disclosed in a Schedule 13D. SIGNATURE After reasonable enquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct 24 January 2018 _______________________________________ Date Graham Laybourn _______________________________________ Signature Graham Laybourn Compliance and Legal Partner - Baillie Gifford & Co _______________________________________ Name/Title The original statement shall be signed by each person on whose behalf the statement is filed or his authorized representative. If the statement is signed on behalf of a person by his authorized representative other than an executive officer or general partner of the filing person, evidence of the representatives authority to sign on behalf of such person shall be filed with the statement, provided, however, that a power of attorney for this purpose which is already on file with the Commission may be incorporated by reference. The name and any title of each person who signs the statement shall be typed or printed beneath his signature. NOTE: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See rule 240.13d- 7 for other parties for whom copies are to be sent. Attention: Intentional misstatements or omissions of fact constitute Federal criminal violations (See 18 U.S.C. 1001)