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Discussion in 'Model S' started by Discoducky, Jun 6, 2012.
Looks like Steve and Elon are the first of many, but how many?
My prediction is the top 10 AFTER the founders. It may be a bit optimistic but it is a good goal !! so .... S 1-10.
hmm, 10 or less - all founders. So F3-F12.
Elon said in the "tens" of cars in June. If nothing else is being delivered before the 22nd, I wouldn't be surprised to see 25-50 cars delivered, plus another 10-20 over the following week. They're going big, a real event, I think media will be there (I thought I heard that somewhere...). I think they'll try to make a big impression and a handful of cars won't do that.
In the last investor Q and A Elon said that it would be on the order of tens of cars. I suppose that they could be all founders' cars but I doubt it. My understanding is that there are a total of 7 founders cars although I'm not totally sure where that number came from but it makes sense.
22 cars on the 22nd has a nice ring to it.
The bigger question in my mind is when the next delivers will happen after the 22nd?
^^^ someone beat me to it! I guess thats iPad typing.
There are more than 30 founder cars since we know GeorgeB has 34
Jason Calcanis (Sig #1) tweeted that he will get his Model S "end of the month".
You mean 21? (Its time to build your Model S | Blog | Tesla Motors)
Don't forget, Tesla is going to be giving some 5,000 test drives.
I imagine/expext those test drives will be given in production cars, not beta prototypes.
That's going to take about a dozen cars.
If the factory is building two units a day, that would work out about right.
My wife and I attended the Tesla Motors, Inc. 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders today.
Either during Elon's powerpoint presentation, or the lengthy shareholder Q&A which followed, he said: "There will be 10 cars delivered on June 22nd". Paraphrasing he then said they would all be to non-insider customers.
I did a short video interview of George Blankenship outside after the meeting (he had to take a call from Detroit -- he always says that -- LOL! then get back to Deer Creek Road). Anyway, I asked George if I could get a pass to cover the June 22nd event for our forum. George said "sorry, it is a company-only event" (no press). My guess is they will be doing test drives for the automotive press sometime during the weekend of June 23-24 at the factory? If so, look for "awesome" reviews in all the popular car mags and other media outlets. Hopefully, that will drive reservations through the roof.
More about the annual meeting in another thread...
PS. When George saw me, he gave me a big smile and hearty handshake and said: "Tesla Motors Club!" :biggrin: I whipped-out my Sony Bloggie and began shooting stockholder questions, then asked a few myself.
Lol we went over this already. George (happily) gave his slot up to someone who REALLY wanted the number 21. At least that's what he told me anywho.
Regarding founders and test drives...
Tesla has an opportunity to be very clever here, for a huge PR win. They should offer Founders owners (i.e. employees) some incentive to provide their vehicles for some of the test drives. There's some insurance and other hurdles to overcome, but there's a huge opportunity for great PR. "I had my test drive in George's car and I learned ___ from him during the drive," for example, would be a great part of the Tesla story.
I was wondering too if those early Sig's (which #1 I believe is one of) that paid for a non-standard paint color would not get their's in the official event (but maybe at the same time or within a couple days), just to not confuse people/press about the standard Sig colors.
10 is definitely fewer than I expected given the Q1 earnings call of "tens" delivered in June. I guess the rest of the "tens" are founders cars delivered either before or just after 6/22.
It might be a mistake to assume that all Founders' car are to be owned by 'employees'. I think it would be safe to say that they are all major investors in the company.
I don't think all of them actually work there.
Didn't Elon say during the shareholder's meeting that the deliveries on June 22 would be to non-insiders? I would assume this means regular customers?
A beer says they're all Founders cars - which like TEG says above, are not necessarily employees but could be major contributors in some facet.
If the # of Founders is 34, and only 2 have been delivered so far, lot of cars to be made before an "actual" customer gets one. Especially if Elon is using the Founders series for initial feedback on which changes may be made.
We'll know if there are more Founder's cars delivered next week.
Elon said that there would be 10 car deliveries on June 22nd to non-employees which I took to mean regular sig reservation holders.
That's how I took it too, but Founders don't necessarily have to be employees so there is room for doubt.