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Model S waitlist

Discussion in 'Model S' started by efusco, May 6, 2009.

  1. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Anyone gotten anything official about the friends and family things for roadster owners/wait-listers?

    I'm eager to find out what number I am on the list--hoping sub-400 range anyway. Would love to be in the first 200 or so.
     
  2. Ripper

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    New to the forum and a lot of good info here. I joined the ranks of prospective Model S owners first in the first week of April. Nothing yet from Tesla on where I am in the pecking order.
    There is an article out today on an electric Ford Focus that is allegedly Model S competition:
    Ford and Tesla race toward 2011 - San Francisco Business Times:

    Ripper
     
  3. AnOutsider

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    Well at least it seems the writer got the Tesla stuff right
     
  4. Ripper

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    I'm stopping by the Santa Monica store today and will ask for an update on when the Model S waiting list will come out.
     
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    I was at the LA Tesla store Saturday and asked if the Model S prioritized customer waiting list will be out soon. I was led to believe that a May publish date is probably a tad optimistic. Evidently it is an elaborate algorithm. They have to factor in Signature edition owners who are also Roadster owners, Signature edition owners, Friends and Family of Tesla Signature owners, Signature owners who aren't Roadster owners, Model S owners who are also Roadster owners, Model S owners who are Friends and Family of Tesla, and the plain vanilla Model S owners, etc.
     
  6. walk_n_wind

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    Hmmm...I don't have much sympathy for this complicated algorithm. 2 people, a marker board, and a few hours can get it over with. Then create the spreadsheet of we depositors, and get on with it!

    Maybe I would be a little more sympathetic if I was going to benefit from any of the perks mentioned above...but I'm just a "plain vanilla" owner :)
     
  7. Kevin Harney

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    You would not think that if they are capable of making a car that a list could be all that difficult LOL :biggrin:
     
  8. doug

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    I don't think the difficulty is in making the list. It's that making a list now would be premature. New people may sign on that push other people back. And (ahem) this car is years away.
     
  9. efusco

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    Agreed, I don't think this sounds all that complicated, maybe just a little time consuming and double checking. There are only so many Roadster owners/buyers and only a fraction of those are also Model S buyers, and only a few of the non-roadster folks are Friends/family and they know who had deposits first.

    Make a box for each category, order the depositors in each box by order of deposit received, and voila.
     
  10. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    I think this is accurate.
    Indeed, have the official Friends and family invites gone out to Roadster owners/waiters? If not then how can they put out a list since those folks would push back any non-F/F buyers.
     
  11. Kevin Harney

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    i guess snied comments don't translate to paper well LOL .... I just thought it was funny that's all. They can write all this software and firmware but have troubles making a database that will add people in and out based on conditions was funny to me. I am sure they are not having troubles with it just that it was funny to my warped sense of humor.
     
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    #12 johnr, May 11, 2009
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    I totally got what you were saying, Kevin, and I thought it was funny! A lot of our members seem to take things too seriously...

    My guess on the cause of the delay: Maybe Tesla has not yet received the number of Signature Series reservations they would like, and want to give it a little more time in case that number goes up.
     
  13. walk_n_wind

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    Indeed it is. And I'd just like to see what I get now for $5,000. They have my commitment, I'm waiting for theirs...
     
  14. Picasso

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    Would a flash light with a 18650 cell hold you over? I'm sure Tesla has a good amount of spares cells that wont go into packs. It should send out a nice little led flashlight to all those inline.
     
  15. Kevin Harney

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    How about a Hot Wheel car with a working battery in it to run the lights or something :biggrin:
     
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    I wonder if they will end up doing the equivalent of the Roadster paper weight for the Model S?
     
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    And this ...

     
  19. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    The official press release at Teslamotors.com:
    Tesla Motors - Press Releases
    Tesla surpasses 1,000 reservations for Model S


    Low total cost of ownership drives interest in Tesla’s sedan and sports car



    May 12, 2009

    SAN CARLOS, Calif. – (BUSINESS WIRE) — Tesla Motors surpassed 1,000 reservations for the Model S, an all-electric family sedan that carries up to seven people and travels up to 300 miles per charge.

    Tesla launched the car March 26, and reservations immediately began streaming in online and at showrooms in California. The anticipated base price of the Model S is $49,900 after a federal tax credit. The $5,000 reservation fee is refundable.

    But sticker price is only one part of a car’s total cost of ownership. If you account for the much lower cost of electricity vs. gasoline at a likely future cost of more than $5 per gallon, the Model S is equivalent to a gasoline car with a sticker price of about $30,000, such as a Ford Taurus, Honda Accord or even a Toyota Avalon or BMW 3-Series. Those savings are realized immediately if you lease a Model S, so there is no need wait years to earn back the price difference.

    “The Model S is a better value than much cheaper conventional cars,” said Tesla CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. “Despite the enormous environmental benefits, lower total cost of ownership will soon become the primary motivation for consumers to evolve from gas guzzlers to EVs.”

    Performance with a Clean Conscience

    Tesla is the only production automaker selling highway-capable EVs in North America or Europe. With 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, the Roadster outperforms almost all sports cars in its class, yet is more than twice as energy efficient as a Toyota Prius and delivers 244 miles per charge – the only car that offers performance with a clean conscience.

    Tesla has delivered more than 400 Roadsters to customers so far. The base price of the Roadster is $101,500 after a $7,500 federal tax credit.

    The Roadster has a far lower cost of ownership than comparably priced sports cars -- even after factoring in a battery pack replacement. The lower cost of electricity vs. gasoline, the relative lack of maintenance on an EV, and state and federal tax incentives may result in lifetime savings of at least $26,000 compared with a similarly priced gasoline sports car. The Roadster also liberates owners from detours to the gas station and inconvenient trips to the mechanic for routine oil changes, exhaust system repairs and other internal combustion engine maintenance.

    “Some Roadster customers are sports car enthusiasts. Some are environmentalists. Some care about energy security. All are discriminating and value conscious consumers,” Musk said. “Now we’re seeing the same attributes in customers who opt for the Model S. People who drive Teslas refuse to compromise on value, performance or efficiency.”

    About Tesla Motors

    San Carlos, California-based Tesla Motors designs and manufactures electric vehicles with exceptional design, performance and efficiency, while conforming to all North American and European safety, environmental and durability standards. The Roadster, which has a 0-to-60 mph acceleration of 3.9 seconds, is the only highway-capable production EV for sale in North America and Europe. Tesla expects to begin producing the Model S sedan in late 2011.

    CONTACT:

    Rachel Konrad
    Tesla Motors, Inc.
    +1 (650) 701-2664
    [email protected]
     
  20. AnOutsider

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    Basically a lot of PR fluff... Good to hear anyways.
     

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