Tesla has faced a number of challenges this year, including questions about its financial health, a missed production target for its Model 3 sedan, and concerns about working conditions at the California factory where it assembles its cars.
Elon Musk has to face his bosses, also known as Tesla shareholders, Tuesday as the electric carmaker holds its annual meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
"At Tesla we build our cars with love", Mr Musk said, visibly moved.
Some investors have been unnerved by the company's struggle to speed up production of its more affordable Model 3 vehicle, which is crucial to the company's long-term profitability.
After making improvements to the manufacturing lines that are building its Model 3 auto, Tesla is ramping up production of the new mid-size vehicle, Musk said. "We're not flawless but we pour our heart and soul into it and we really care".
Another matter facing Tesla is a call for the company to elect an independent board chairman on the grounds that Musk, who in addition to being Tesla's CEO and chairman also serves as CEO of SpaceX, isn't able to focus enough of his attention on Tesla's operations.
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Shareholders sided with the board's recommendations on all agenda items, Todd Maron, Tesla's general counsel, said, including re-electing Antonio Gracias, Tesla's lead independent director; Kimbal Musk, a food industry entrepreneur and Elon's brother; and James Murdoch, CEO of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.
One investor wanted to strip the Tesla founder and chief executive of his other role as chairman.
CtW, along with proxy firms Glass Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), had backed the proposal to separate the chairman and chief executive roles and mostly opposed re-electing the three directors.
Tesla had recommended shareholders leave Musk with both top jobs and argued the directors are qualified.
Shares fell as much as 7 per cent after Musk's snub, evaporating US$2 billion from Tesla's stock market value.
Shares of Tesla are down almost 8 percent from the beginning of the year and down 25 percent from a year high of $389.61 in September.