Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
$ in Millions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Feb. 07, 2020
Jun. 30, 2019
Cover [Abstract]      
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2019    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Trading Symbol TSLA    
Security 12b Title Common stock    
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ    
Entity Registrant Name Tesla, Inc.    
Entity Central Index Key 0001318605    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Small Business false    
Entity Emerging Growth Company false    
Entity Shell Company false    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   181,341,586  
Entity Public Float     $ 31,540
Document Annual Report true    
Document Transition Report false    
Entity File Number 001-34756    
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE    
Entity Tax Identification Number 91-2197729    
Entity Address, Address Line One 3500 Deer Creek Road    
Entity Address, City or Town Palo Alto    
Entity Address, State or Province CA    
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 94304    
City Area Code 650    
Local Phone Number 681-5000    
Documents Incorporated by Reference

Portions of the registrant’s Proxy Statement for the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are incorporated herein by reference in Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K to the extent stated herein. Such proxy statement will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days of the registrant’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.