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20549\par\pard\plain\brdrb\brdrs\li880\ri880\sa308\cf1\f51\fs24\qc \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs36\b\qc FORM 8-K\par\pard\plain\brdrb\brdrs\li880\ri880\sa308\cf1\f51\fs24\qc \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs24\b\qc CURRENT REPORT\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs24\b\qc Pursuant to Section\~13 or 15(d) of\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs24\b\qc The Securities Exchange Act of 1934\par\pard\plain\sb264\cf1\f51\fs24\b\qc Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs24\b\qc July 30, 2018\par\pard\plain\brdrb\brdrs\li880\ri880\sa308\cf1\f51\fs24\qc \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs48\b\qc Tesla, Inc.\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\qc (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)\par\pard\plain\brdrb\brdrs\li880\ri880\sa308\cf1\f51\fs24\qc \~ \par\pard\plain {\trowd\clvertalc\cellx3671\clvertalb\cellx3778\clvertalc\cellx7234\clvertalb\cellx7341\clvertalc\cellx10800\trrh198 \pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs16\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs16\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs16\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs16\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs16\ql \~\cell{ {\trowd\clvertalc\cellx3671\clvertalb\cellx3778\clvertalc\cellx7234\clvertalb\cellx7341\clvertalc\cellx10800\trrh198\row}}} {\trowd\cellx3671\clvertalb\cellx3778\cellx7234\clvertalb\cellx7341\cellx10800\trrh248 \pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\b\qc Delaware\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\b\qc 001-34756\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\b\qc 91-2197729\cell{ {\trowd\cellx3671\clvertalb\cellx3778\cellx7234\clvertalb\cellx7341\cellx10800\trrh248\row}}} {\trowd\cellx3671\clvertalb\cellx3778\cellx7234\clvertalb\cellx7341\cellx10800\trrh418 \pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs16\b\qc (State or other jurisdiction of\par\pard\plain\intbl\sa22\cf1\f51\fs16\b\qc incorporation)\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs16\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs16\b\qc (Commission File Number)\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs16\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs16\b\qc (IRS Employer\par\pard\plain\intbl\sa22\cf1\f51\fs16\b\qc Identification No.)\cell{ {\trowd\cellx3671\clvertalb\cellx3778\cellx7234\clvertalb\cellx7341\cellx10800\trrh418\row}}}\pard\plain\sb264\cf1\f51\fs20\b\qc 3500 Deer Creek Road\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\qc Palo Alto, California 94304\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs16\b\qc (Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)\par\pard\plain\sb264\cf1\f51\fs20\b\qc (650) 681-5000\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\qc (Registrant\u8217?s telephone number, including area code)\par\pard\plain\sb264\cf1\f51\fs16\b\qc (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)\par\pard\plain\brdrb\brdrs\li880\ri880\sa286\cf1\f51\fs24\qc \~\par\pard\plain\sb264\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2): \par\pard\plain {\trowd\cellx684\cellx10800\trrh382 \pard\plain\intbl\sb132\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \u9744?\cell\pard\plain\intbl\sb132\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)\cell{ {\trowd\cellx684\cellx10800\trrh382\row}}} \par\pard\plain {\trowd\cellx684\cellx10800\trrh382 \pard\plain\intbl\sb132\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \u9744?\cell\pard\plain\intbl\sb132\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)\cell{ {\trowd\cellx684\cellx10800\trrh382\row}}} \par\pard\plain {\trowd\cellx684\cellx10800\trrh382 \pard\plain\intbl\sb132\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \u9744?\cell\pard\plain\intbl\sb132\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))\cell{ {\trowd\cellx684\cellx10800\trrh382\row}}} \par\pard\plain {\trowd\cellx684\cellx10800\trrh382 \pard\plain\intbl\sb132\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \u9744?\cell\pard\plain\intbl\sb132\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))\cell{ {\trowd\cellx684\cellx10800\trrh382\row}}}\pard\plain\sb198\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql 1933 (\u167?\u8201?230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (\u167?\u8201?240.12b-2 of\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql this chapter). Emerging growth company\~\u9744?\par\pard\plain\sb198\cf1\f51\fs20\ql If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \u9744?\par\pard\plain\brdrb\brdrs\sa22\cf1\f51\fs12\ql \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs24\ql \~\par\pard\plain\f0\fs4\par\pard\plain\f0\fs2\brdrt\brdrs\brdrw15\brdrcf2\brdrsp0\par\pard\plain\f0\fs4\par \page{\*\bkmkstart part_1_2_1}{\*\bkmkend part_1_2_1}{\*\bkmkstart item_1_41_1}{\*\bkmkend item_1_41_1}{\*\bkmkstart _aeioulastrenderedpagebreakaeiou}{\*\bkmkend _aeioulastrenderedpagebreakaeiou}\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\ql Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers;\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\ql Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql (c)\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql On July 30, 2018, Tesla, Inc. (the \u8220?\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Company\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \u8221?) announced that Dave Morton will become its Chief Accounting\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Officer, commencing on August 6, 2018. Mr. Morton, 46, will join the Company from Seagate Technology PLC, a global\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql provider of data storage technology and solutions, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Officer.\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Mr. Morton will have an annual base salary of $350,000 and will receive a $10 million new hire equity grant (in the form of\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql restricted stock units or stock options, or a combination thereof), which will be granted and will vest over four years in\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql accordance with the Company\u8217?s standard equity policies. Mr. Morton will also be eligible to participate in the\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql compensation and benefit programs generally available to the Company\u8217?s employees. His employment has no specified\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql term and will be on an at-will basis.\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql On July 30, 2018, the Company published a post on its website blog regarding the appointment of Mr. Morton as Chief\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Accounting Officer, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.\~ \par\pard\plain\fs16 \par\pard\plain\fs16{\*\bkmkstart part_1_2_2}{\*\bkmkend part_1_2_2}{\*\bkmkstart item_1_47_1}{\*\bkmkend item_1_47_1}\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\ql Item\~9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs12\ql \~ \par\pard\plain {\trowd\clvertalc\cellx297\clvertalc\cellx10800\trrh66 \pard\plain\intbl\f0\fs16\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\f0\fs16\ql \~\cell{ {\trowd\clvertalc\cellx297\clvertalc\cellx10800\trrh66\row}}} {\trowd\cellx297\cellx10800\trrh495 \pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql (d)\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Exhibits.\par\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\cell{ {\trowd\cellx297\cellx10800\trrh495\row}}}\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\ql Exhibit No.Description\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\ql \~ \par\pard\plain {\trowd\clvertalc\cellx2007\clvertalc\cellx5215\trrh66 \pard\plain\intbl\f0\fs16\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\f0\fs16\ql \~\cell{ {\trowd\clvertalc\cellx2007\clvertalc\cellx5215\trrh66\row}}} {\trowd\cellx2007\cellx5215\trrh742 \pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql 99.1\cell\pard\plain\intbl\ul{\field{\*\fldinst HYPERLINK \\l "doc_1_2" }{\*\fldrslt\cf3\f51\fs20\ql Blog Post of Tesla, Inc. dated July}}\plain\intbl\ul{\field{\*\fldinst HYPERLINK \\l "doc_1_2" }{\*\fldrslt\cf3\f51\fs20\ql 30, 2018}}\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql .\cell{ {\trowd\cellx2007\cellx5215\trrh742\row}}}\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\ql \~\par\pard\plain\f0\fs4\par\pard\plain\f0\fs2\brdrt\brdrs\brdrw15\brdrcf2\brdrsp0\par\pard\plain\f0\fs4\par \page{\*\bkmkstart part_1_2_3}{\*\bkmkend part_1_2_3}{\*\bkmkstart _aeioulastrenderedpagebreakaeiou}{\*\bkmkend _aeioulastrenderedpagebreakaeiou}\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\qc SIGNATURES\par\pard\plain\sb264\fi396\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs24\ql \~ \par\pard\plain {\trowd\cellx648\clvertalb\cellx761\cellx4860\trrh248 \pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\b\ql TESLA, INC.\cell{ {\trowd\cellx648\clvertalb\cellx761\cellx4860\trrh248\row}}} {\trowd\clvertalc\cellx648\clvertalc\cellx4860\trrh297 \pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs24\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs24\ql \~\cell{ {\trowd\clvertalc\cellx648\clvertalc\cellx4860\trrh297\row}}} {\trowd\clbrdrb\brdrs\brdrcf7\cellx648\clbrdrb\brdrs\brdrcf7\clvertalb\cellx761\clbrdrb\brdrs\brdrcf1\cellx4860\trrh270 \pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql By:\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\sa22\cf1\f51\fs20\ql /s/ Todd A. Maron\cell{ {\trowd\clbrdrb\brdrs\brdrcf7\cellx648\clbrdrb\brdrs\brdrcf7\clvertalb\cellx761\clbrdrb\brdrs\brdrcf1\cellx4860\trrh270\row}}} {\trowd\cellx648\clvertalb\cellx761\clbrdrt\brdrs\brdrcf1\cellx4860\trrh534 \pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\cell\pard\plain\intbl\cf1\f51\fs20\b\ql Todd A. Maron\par\pard\plain\intbl\sa22\cf1\f51\fs20\b\ql General Counsel\cell{ {\trowd\cellx648\clvertalb\cellx761\clbrdrt\brdrs\brdrcf1\cellx4860\trrh534\row}}}\pard\plain\sb264\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Date: July 30, 2018\par\pard\plain\sb264\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\par\pard\plain\sb264\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~ \page{\*\bkmkstart doc_1_2}{\*\bkmkend doc_1_2}\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\qr Exhibit 99.1\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs22\b\ql \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\b\ql Welcoming Dave Morton as Tesla\u8217?s New Chief Accounting Officer\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql At Tesla, we continue to bring on key new talent and grow the Tesla leadership team. Today, we are pleased to welcome Dave\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Morton as our Chief Accounting Officer. Dave joins us from Seagate Technology, a global provider of data storage technology\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql and solutions where he held multiple leadership roles since joining the company in 1995.\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Dave most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Seagate and will bring more than two\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql decades of significant financial and accounting expertise to Tesla. He will report to CFO Deepak Ahuja and be responsible for\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql Tesla\u8217?s corporate financial reporting and global accounting, payroll, tax, and trade activities.\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql A graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Dave received his bachelor\u8217?s degree in business\plain\cf1\f51\fs20\ql administration and finance, real estate, and law.\~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs22\ql \~\par\pard\plain\cf1\f51\fs22\ql \~}