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Discussion in 'News' started by dpeilow, Mar 16, 2009.
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I have been wondering about this. The sales rate of the Roadster seems to be about 2 a week. If they are building 30 a week... at some point they will catch up.
The amount sold we keep hearing is 1,200.
Even fudging these numbers significantly still has an end date.
Yup. By that point (November? probably farther out like early 2010...) either the economy needs to pick up enough for more Roadster orders to come in, or Tesla will need to have figured out how to pay for the Model S. Hopefully both.
Well, keep in mind that Tesla hasn't really done any advertising yet, just word of mouth and free media coverage. Up to now, that has been sufficient to keep the waiting list as long as it has been. It is possible that when the need arises to bump sales, a more traditional advertising campaign could accomplish that for Tesla.
I hope so. Plus, one of the best advertising campaigns will just be having Roadsters on the road and visible. Hopefully people seeing them day-to-day will help pick up sales too.
Right. And then there are all the friends and co-workers of Tesla owners who will get to see firsthand what a sweet ride it is, and say "I've got to get one of these too!" So I guess I'm saying that word of mouth will still likely play a big role, even after more traditional advertising starts in earnest.
There are likely many potential owners who are not comfortable waiting for a car that long. Many people need to drive a vehicle and want to be able to take it home right away. Many are not comfortable paying a large deposit, then waiting 12 months or longer.
The market of customers, who will buy the same day, might be many times larger than 1,200.
But that will require Tesla Motors to build Roadsters on spec without having an owner waiting. That requires showrooms and marketing vehicles for test drives.