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Is anyone actually buying the 40 kWh Model S at this point?

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Rifleman, Sep 20, 2012.

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I planned on puchasing a 40 kWh Model S

  1. The S40 still fits my needs, and I am still getting one

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  2. The S40 no longer meets my needs, so I am going with a S60

    29 vote(s)
    36.3%
  3. The S40 no longer meets my needs, so I cancelled my reservation

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    5.0%
  1. AustinPowers

    AustinPowers Total Smeghead

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    I was also at one point interested in the Model S 40, as my daily commute ist less than 30 miles and I would have semi-regularly perhaps a weekend trip of about 100 miles.
    I hate leather in a car, so I would have gone with cloth seats, but no seat memory is a no go at that price level.
    Reasons why I still haven't signed up for any Model S:

    - unknown facts about the Euro-Model S (pricing, service plan pricing, standard features/Euro-specs)
    - no financial incentives like tax credits in Germany (ok, not quite true, you don't have to pay car tax for five years, but if you have driven an efficient car before that tax saving amounts to a few hundred Euro at best, nowhere near the sums you get in other countries)
    - possible alternatives available next year that might better fit my needs/budget (Golf VII electric, Zoe, Mercedes B-Class e-cell)

    Add to that the final realization how ginourmously huge the Model S is, which here certainly will lead to some problems in everyday usage.
     
  2. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    Think of it this way. I will drive less than 100 miles about 350 day a year. For a Tech Package 40kWh S I pay ~ $171 dollars per day (assuming $60k purchase price, and paid off in 1 year). A 60kWh pack that will get me 360 days a year of driving would cost ($70k purchase price) ~$194 dollars per day, and a 363 day 85kWh pack will cost me ~$220 a day.

    Plus I can always take my wife's car on trips. And for $10k extra I can rent a NICE car for about 100 days. It would take 10 years before I could even get close to worrying about rental costs, and that is if we don't use my wife's car, and ignores the trips that larger battery sizes wouldn't be able to do. This year I drove a trip that the 85kWh pack could not do. It will be a decade or more before I could do that trip with an 85kWh Model S. It was too rural, to unexpected, too far, and required too much speed.

    That being said you get a lot of peace-of-mind and flexibility with the larger packs. And perhaps a slight increase in the cars overall lifespan. And a little performance boost as well. And well I will look at getting the 60kWh pack, just for those reasons. But the 40kWh car is definitely the better value. Just like waiting until Saturday to listen to "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!" for free is a better value than paying $57 a seat to watch it live at the Fox Theater in Atlanta yesterday night, like I did. It was worth the money to me, but it wasn't a value.
     
  3. scole04

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    #23 scole04, Sep 21, 2012
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    Im getting the 40 kwh...reviewing teslas numbers on the exact circumstances around the 300 miles vs. The EPA test im far more optimistic that the mileage will be well over 100 miles per standard charge. Ive been told a bunch of times that we are going have to learn how to drive the car to maximize any range you would get..im also on the fence about 60kwh wout tech vs. 40kwh with tech. My thought was i would have the car paid off in the first 4-5 yrs..so at that point which is the better value....upgrade to 300 or the tech pack...hmmm.....
     
  4. DonD

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    I had originally planned on getting the 40kWh S when I submitted by reservation deposit. My justification and financial cost analysis was very similar to what Rifleman described. By the time I needed to FINALIZE my order a few weeks ago I had decided to stretch my financial limits (i.e. plan for a bigger loan) and go for the 60kWh package.

    The factors that influenced my decision to upgrade were (in order of importance)
    1) higher mileage warranty on battery
    2) Supercharging access
    3) actual test drive (of 85kWh standard model)

    I tend to keep cars between 8-10 years, the 2004 Miata I'm replacing has 134,000 miles; so the battery warranty was a major concern. The ability to access a Supercharger for my occasional trips to south FL (from central FL) was certainly a factor.

    After the announcement of annual maintenance costs, if I were making my decision for purely financial reasons, I would have cancelled my order and paid cash for a new Miata! However, after driving the Model S in Dania Beach the other side of my brain kicked in and rationalized that it would be worth stretching finances to continue on with the 60kWh.

    I really feel for everyone out there who thought they could afford to be early adopters of this fantastic car, only to see it slip slowly beyond their reach. Hopefully it will not be to long before Tesla is able to introduce a truly affordable BEV for the masses.
     
  5. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    There is no Poll Option for me, so I'll just say it:

    I'm going for a nearly fully loaded 85 kWh package. All options except for Performance, 21" Wheels and Rear Seats. I had teetered on the edge of upping to a Signature reservation, but those hopes were dashed when the Canadian duty adder was announced.

    I tend to like my cars "fully loaded" or nearly so, and I knew if I cheaped out I would regret it later.

    I think if I were in the market for a $40-50 k car, I would go for a fully loaded Volt over a stripped down Model S, but that's just me.
     
  6. Nikoli

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    I liked the idea of the sub $50k price after tax credit and was the reason I put down the reservation. After the options list came out I was very very disappointed that things like leather and the tech package weren't standard. I almost canceled and went with something completely different. I decided to make the final decision after the AMPed test drive. That sealed it and my thoughts were go big or go barebones. I went big and confirmed on a nearly fully loaded P85. The only option I didn't get was the rear facing seats. I wouldn't have been happy compromising on the barebones 40kWh. Now I need to fork over $2500+ for winter wheels and tires, plus the rape...er maintenance fees.

    This is the car I've waited my whole life for, and life's too short to keep driving a junker...with no heat, sketchy brakes, beat up and rusted body, no clock, busted interior. I've paid my dues.
     
  7. dave

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    I have also gone through similar feelings about the car, and its value. I have just enough in savings that I could purchase the P85 in cash, but of course the wife would kill me for spending our entire savings on a car. So I've been going back and forth trying to find the best "value" for a "luxury" car. I'm not sure there is a perfect point. I decided to go small. Then I decided to go big like Nikoli. Currently I'm thinking about going for the 60kW pack. Who know's what I'll think tomorrow. :) I really don't want to regret going one way or the other after my purchase.

    I haven't been following every post in the maintenance thread, but cancelling due to the maintenance costs seems silly to me. Unless I missed something, can't you just drop the maintenance plan entirely and pay for your own wiper blades and brake pads? Or did I miss something about mandatory maintenance somewhere?
     
  8. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    George B (Tesla VP) has stated that maintenance inspections ARE required to maintain your warranty. You can pre-pay or pay $600 a pop. There is some question of the legality of this position.
     
  9. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Active Member

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    Better word is guarantee. The specific wording in the manual,as posted elsewhere, is that they won't cover damage caused by missing maintenance or maintenance by nonTesla techs. Which is pretty much like every other warranty.
     
  10. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Because there aren't any Tesla certified service personnel outside of Tesla, and I suspect it will be some time before any Rangers jump ship and open up their own shops, you have to get the car serviced by Tesla or lose the warranty. I don't read about Tesla opening up any training centres for non-Telsa mechanics either.

    This wouldn't be so bad if the price was in line with what people are used to paying or really included everything (like tires). Right now there is a question of what the next four years will cost. If it's the same, I suppose you could justify the additional early expense with having the next four years cost no more. But there's no assurance that it won't be double the price for the second four years.

    If I were Tesla I would have gone with an eight year plan that matches the length of the battery warranty. That way the costs for eight years are known.
     
  11. chmod a+wrx

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    I've crunched the numbers......

    Assuming I get no options.....which is tough for a techie.....the car comes close to $70000 before rebates and with taxes....this includes the service....

    That's too expensive! ! ! For me at least......


    Will probably look at the Volt or Prius.....


    Shame since the S is so cool....
     
  12. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    It comes to about $81K for me. Too expensive, but I'll likely do it anyway. The monthly outlay (not including the actual car purchase) should be about the same as the Prius, unless the connection fee is unreasonable. I'm more on the fence than I was prior to the maintenance announcement.
     
  13. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    If I were you, I would let the clock keep ticking at least until Monday night when they're announcing the supercharger details. Who knows what they'll say, but it could very swing your decision either way.
     
  14. daniel

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    I've never borrowed money to buy a car. For that matter, I've never borrowed money. Borrowing money is much like a drug. It causes stress, broken marriages, and unhappiness. I would never advise anyone to buy a car they cannot afford to buy outright.

    If I was in the market for a Model S, the 40 kWh version would suit me just fine. That might be what I'll get when I'm too old and arthritic to get in and out of my Roadster.

    Kudos to anyone to decides the Model S just does not fit their budget and decides instead to live within their means. I do understand the frustration, however, of folks who really want an electric car and find that nothing within their budget is acceptable. In a few years there will be more choices.
     
  15. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Borrowing money is perfectly reasonable--provided that you are doing so conservatively for something that is useful. Borrowing money for an engagement ring? No. For a house or car? Yes, within reason. Emptying your bank account is risky behavior--you need to keep reasonable cash reserves even if that means borrowing.
     
  16. rdunniii

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    If the interest rate on a car loan is less than the rate of inflation then financing is a better way to go. You've got the car to use now and paying for it with dollars that are worth less by the time the loan is paid off than the present value of the cash you put up front. But, I have to admit I'm on the same fence. $60K is just the absolute top for me because it's just the nickel and dimeing of the state as well as Tesla above that has me there. The annual registration pushes higher and the insurance costs push higher higher for all the add-ons and now the maintenance is about $500/year more than I expected. I only drive 8-10K miles/year and only 1-2% of that would be more than 125 miles so not only the TOC but the cost/mile increases if I add a $10K 60Kwh battery. So I too am thinking about canceling and either just putting the money back in investments for a while or getting a tricked out Volt now or waiting a year for the Cadillac ELR. I just can't wait for the GenIII. I plan on this being my last car so it needs to last as long as I do. 3 years from now I will be dead, disabled or retired and expenses already fixed.
     
  17. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    Well after that supercharge announcement I am really thinking I should do everything I can to get the 60kWh. I think that is my second upgrade after the tech package.
     
  18. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    Makes more sense, knowing now that there is more upside than downside to using the supercharger.
     
  19. ohaq

    ohaq Model S #P9,326

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    Supercharger: Converted to S60

    The S40 still fits my needs, but i am going to get the s60 because of the supercharger. I am waiting on the lease option, i wont buy the car. If the lease is not offered I will just wait, wait and wait till it is offered.

    I am in no hurry to spend this much money, but I am all in to get a tesla. Waiting means more superchargers. The 600/month is also which is making it easier for me to wait.

    Supercharger | Tesla Motors
     
  20. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I agree. Even if that means delaying a year it might be worth it. Plus you'll get one year of software improvements and interior refinements.
     

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