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FORM 4
Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Section 17(a) of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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(Print or Type Responses)
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
WHITAKER ERIC S
  2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
TESLA MOTORS INC [TSLA]
5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
_____ Director _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below) _____ Other (specify below)
General Counsel
(Last)
(First)
(Middle)
3500 DEER CREEK ROAD
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (Month/Day/Year)
03/09/2012
(Street)

PALO ALTO, CA 94304
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
_X_ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 3. Transaction Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock 03/09/2012   M   4,670 A $24.98 4,670 D  
Common Stock 03/09/2012   S(1)   4,670 D $35.027(2) 0 D  
Common Stock 03/09/2012   M   48,857 A $24.98 48,857 D  
Common Stock 03/09/2012   S(1)   48,857 D $34.988(3) 0 D  
Common Stock 03/12/2012   M   3,139 A $24.98 3,139 D  
Common Stock 03/12/2012   S(1)   3,139 D $34.98 0 D  

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Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
(e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Transaction Date (Month/Day/Year) 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any (Month/Day/Year) 4. Transaction Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4, and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(Month/Day/Year)
7. Title and Amount of Underlying Securities
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 4)
10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Incentive Stock Option (right to buy) $24.98 03/09/2012   M     4,670   (4) 11/08/2020 Common Stock 4,670 $ 0 11,342 D  
Non-Qualified Stock Option (right to buy) $24.98 03/09/2012   M     48,857   (4) 11/08/2020 Common Stock 48,857 $ 0 125,131 D  
Non-Qualified Stock Option (right to buy) $24.98 03/12/2012   M     3,139   (4) 11/08/2020 Common Stock 3,139 $ 0 121,992 D  

Reporting Owners

Reporting Owner Name / Address Relationships
 Director  10% Owner  Officer  Other
WHITAKER ERIC S
3500 DEER CREEK ROAD
PALO ALTO, CA 94304
      General Counsel  

Signatures

 /s/ Eric Whitaker   03/12/2012
** Signature of Reporting Person Date

Explanation of Responses:

* If the form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 4(b)(v).
** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).
(1) The sales reported on this Form 4 were effected pursuant to a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan adopted by the reporting person on December 7, 2011.
(2) The price reported in Column 4 is a weighted average price. These shares were sold in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $35.02 to $35.05, inclusive. The reporting person undertakes to provide Tesla Motors, Inc., any security holder of Tesla Motors, Inc. or the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission, upon request, full information regarding the number of shares sold at each separate price within the range set forth in this footnote.
(3) The price reported in Column 4 is a weighted average price. These shares were sold in multiple transactions at prices ranging from $34.98 to $35.02, inclusive. The reporting person undertakes to provide Tesla Motors, Inc., any security holder of Tesla Motors, Inc. or the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission, upon request, full information regarding the number of shares sold at each separate price within the range set forth in this footnote.
(4) 1/4th of the shares subject to the option become vested and exercisable one year from hire date and 1/48th of the shares subject to the option shall become vested and exercisable each month thereafter.

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