Among other things, Musk has tangled with stock market regulators about a tweet dangling a buyout of Tesla that never materialized, and broken a pledge to make Tesla consistently profitable.
Questions have been raised about global demand, especially for the Model 3 sedan. Rivals are stepping up efforts and Tesla continues to invest heavily in expansion.More news: Ottawa passes legislation that bans whale and dolphin captivity in Canada
Deliveries fell 31 percent in the first quarter, but Musk echoed his forecast from last month that the company was on track to hit record deliveries in the second quarter.
At the Q1 2019 earnings call Musk said he expected that Tesla would break even for the second quarter, with a significant drop in its cash burn rate thanks to a one-off debt payment of about $US900 million ($A1.3 billion) and re-tooling costs of around $US250 million ($A360 million) paid in full during the first. He also said Tesla has a "decent shot at a record quarter" in terms of sales and production. While the Model Y is still on track to launch in 2020, the company hopes to unveil its pickup truck toward the end of this summer.More news: USA rout of Thailand highlights inequity in World Cup field
According to Musk, the Model 3 and Model Y will stop using animal-sourced products like leather by next year; right now, both models come standard with leather-covered steering wheels, as it's typically more durable than synthetic fabrics.
"It has been a tough year for Tesla and ultimately Musk is going to put on a good show today", Dan Ives, managing director of the financial services firm Wedbush Securities, told Cheddar. "We can't spend money too fast, you know, we'll run out of it", said Musk.More news: Fears of rising tensions between Iran and U.S. after oil tankers attacked
Musk has faced criticism about his outspoken nature, including Twitter use that led to a settlement with US regulators, but shareholders rejected corporate governance proposals calling for reducing the terms of directors and eliminating some supermajority voting requirements.