To Joseph Spak of RBC Capital Markets-another target of the CEO's temper last quarter-Musk added, "That was not right, and I hope you accept my apologies".
Excluding items, Tesla reported a loss of $2.45 per share, compared with expectations of a loss of $2.92.
But chief executive Elon Musk pledged to post net profits in future quarters, and on a conference call, he apologised to two analysts he cut off on the company's first-quarter call.
Mr Musk said he expects the company to achieve sustained quarterly net profits from now on, barring an unforeseen event, supplier problems or economic downturn.
In the next quarter, Tesla expects to produce 50,000-55,000 Model 3 vehicles - an increase of up to 92 percent from the previous quarter. In Q2, Tesla delivered a total of 40,768 cars, out of which the Model 3 accounted for 18,449 deliveries.
In its earnings statement, Tesla noted that customer deposits were down from Q1 to $942 million.
Tesla ended June with about $2.2 billion in cash, the least it's carried since the first quarter of 2016. Tesla would use money generated from sales to fund big projects such as an estimated $US2 billion new factory in China and another plant in Europe, he said. That's substantially less than the 2017 level of $US3.4 billion. Musk was also enthusiastic about the premise of Tesla owners receiving prizes for completing the Atari titles.
Bloomberg News reported earlier Wednesday that the company would look to China to at least partially fund the vehicle and battery plant where it intends to invest $5 billion, citing a person familiar with the plans.
For nearly a year, Tesla followers fixated on the company's target to make 5,000 Model 3s in a week.
Musk, the eccentric billionaire, has been a lightning rod for controversies.
Thus far, Tesla has only produced higher-cost versions of the Model 3, starting at about $49,000. This quarter, Tesla hit its 5,000-car-per-week production goal "multiple times" in July-meaning it's not hitting this rate consistently. That said, Tesla is making headway too. "A few years from now, investors may conclude that 2Q18 was the quarter in which Tesla cemented its position as a truly formidable player in the global automotive market".
Thieves with stroller allegedly steal shark from San Antonio aquarium
Management caught up to the suspects in the parking lot and were denied access to both searching the vehicle and the stroller. As police swooped on the house, they discovered the shark, visibly well and unharmed, swimming in a tank in the man's garage.