"They're anxious about their profitability but they don't care about their suppliers' profitability". Rather, a spokesperson told us, "We asked fewer than 10 suppliers for a reduction in total capex project spend for long-term projects that began in 2016 but are still not complete, and any changes with these suppliers would improve our future cash flows, but not impact our ability to achieve profitability in Q3".
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In June the company said it was eliminating 3,600 jobs, or 9 percent of its staff, as part of a restructuring effort.
The Tesla logo is seen at the entrance to Tesla Motors' new showroom in Manhattan's Meatpacking District in New York City, U.S., December 14, 2017.
The tech giant has been chasing profitability in recent months, after Musk promised the company would reach that target by the third or fourth quarter this year.
Tesla did not respond to a BBC request for comment.
Meanwhile Musk said earlier this year that he was sleeping on the factory floor because he was so busy trying to ramp up production.
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Itay Michaeli, an analyst for Citi Investment Research, said automakers sometimes ask for discounts from suppliers, but those are relatively minor matters.
The company's rapidly weakening cash position has spooked investors, and comes despite the claims of founder Elon Musk that Tesla is now a "real" carmaker after hitting a weekly goal of producing more than 5,000 mass-market Model 3s, the rate of production that the manufacturer hopes will turn the company's economic position around.
Tesla burned through $700 million in cash last quarter, and its cash reserves dipped 20%. One way to do that is by selling stock, which could send its share price lower still.
Tesla's rally call was aimed at all suppliers, although in the memo it was not made clear how they were expected to comply with the company's request for refunds.
"Automakers often have brutal pricing demands on suppliers for future work, but retroactive rebates is not something we hear much about, and this is troubling for us to hear", David Whiston, an analyst with brokerage Morningstar wrote in a note to clients.
Tesla was trading below $300 per share at the opening bell on Wall Street, losing over $2.3 billion off its market capitalization.